Our defense system needs to reform the way it gets intelligence in order to protect our country from another 9/11-scale attack, Heritage Foundation visiting fellow David Shedd argues. He recommends six reforms in a new article for Defense One:
- Reorganize the CIA around specific subjects and geographic regions.
- End bureaucratic turf wars to ensure effective cybersecurity.
- Integrate foreign and domestic intelligence to better identify threats.
- Strengthen the Defense Intelligence Agency as the hub of military intelligence.
- Ensure collaboration across intelligence agencies by temporarily assigning officers to work with other agencies.
- Create a National Intelligence Leadership Corps that rotates effective leaders through high-level positions.
According to Shedd, the most vital reforms will adapt the intelligence community to the current climate:
Today, the threat environment has radically changed, and, collectively, its challenges are greater than those we faced even a decade ago. To remain relevant, the Intelligence Community must accelerate its own transformation. We cannot afford to be timid with the work that lies ahead.
Do you agree that we need reforms like this?