August 20th, 2010
03:17 PM ET
13 years ago

Director of national intelligence names deputy to boost collaboration

Washington (CNN) - After just two weeks on the job, the nation's new intelligence chief has taken his first step toward further integrating the intelligence community.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper announced Friday that he is creating the position of deputy director for intelligence integration. In a written statement, Clapper said the new position is designed "to elevate information sharing and collaboration" between those who collect intelligence and those who analyze it.

Robert Cardillo, the deputy director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, will assume the new position late next month, Clapper's statement said.

The intelligence community has been criticized for failing to adequately work together and connect bits of information that might have detected some recent failed terrorist attacks within the United States.

During his Senate confirmation hearings in July, Clapper acknowledged more collaboration within the intelligence networks was needed. He said it was his responsibility to do everything in his power to improve information-sharing within the 16-member intelligence community.

"There is indeed a unique culture in the intelligence community, and there are in fact subcultures very much built around the trade craft that each of the so-called stovepipes foster," Clapper told the senators. "The trick is, of course, is to bring them together ... and to synchronize and mesh them, and to bring together the complementary attributes that each one of those skill sets bring to bear. That's where I think leadership is huge."

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  1. Phil

    Genius?, Really?!!! John McCain made the biggest political blunder in decades when he chose Sarah Palin as his running mate; what a bone-headed move!

    August 20, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  2. lindaglenn

    thank God!!

    August 20, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "One more time for you liberals, the Republicans do not have majorities in Congress, they do no have the presidency."

    One more time for you GOPer/conservative talking point parrots: they don't need one. All they need is the 41% "majority" in the Senate to block and obstruct anything and everything. From 2006-2008 they set records for filibusters and Bush set records for wielding the veto pen like the sword of Damocles...or don't you remember the GOP's strategy during 2008 of claiming that the 2006-2008 Dem "controlled" Congress was a "do-nothing Congress"??? Measures blocked included, by the way, Barney Frank introducing proposals to help reign in the sub-prime mortgage security mess Wall Street was making...but that was filibustered too. Since 2008, the GOP has continued to set records for fact, FILIBUSTERING ALMOST EVERY SINGLE THING proposed since they landed Scott Brownshirt as #41. And during the short period during which the Dems had the 60 they needed, the GOP's misinformation demogoguery campaigns worked as the functional equivalent of a filibuster. Your Limbot blame-shifting just doesn't pass the giggle test. You have been sniffed and found wanting.

    August 20, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  4. Augsbee

    Wow, one more paycheck we have to pay?????? at this rate they're all going to be responsible for 1 thing only during the whole day.

    August 20, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "Yes, I AM a life-long Democrat."

    Newsflash: NOBODY believes ANYONE who claims this in a post (same when you claim to be a republican or independent). You can thank Rush Limbaugh and his PUMA harem for destroying any credibility such claims have. In fact, I would bet my left leg that the majority of people immediately assume the opposite of what you're claiming when you make such a representation. Sure, that may sound cynical, but our society has clearly turned the cynicism up to 11. The reality it, you are viewed as attempting to create and shift public perception with such a claim....just like PUMA was intended to do....create the public perception that Obama was so awful and offensive as a nomination that they would vote for McCain and against everything Clinton ran on as her policy platform. It was absurd. Well, you're not going to convince anyone or create the perception that Dems are leaving their party FOR REASONS STATED BY REPUBLICANS. You MIGHT be credible if you say you're a progressive who is just sick of Dem p-ssyfooting or a moderate GOPer sick of the GOP's extremist demogoguery, but that's about it, and even then it's iffy.

    August 20, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |