D.C., August 12/PRNEWSWIRE/ -- According to Robert David Steele
Vivas, CEO of OSS.Net, Inc., CIA veteran and founder
of the Marine Corps Intelligence Command. "The nomination
of the DCI is up to the President and confirmation is up to the
Senate—in that context, we respectfully put forward several
conditions that must be met if any future DCI is to be effective.
“First, confirmation must be accompanied by a commitment
from Congress to pass a National Security Act of 2004 by 31 December
2004, one that transfers full budgetary authority over the three
national agencies now misplaced under defense, to the DCI’s
authority. Pentagon acceptance of this change, at Presidential
direction, should be a pre-condition for any confirmation. The
DCI must be able to reduce waste at the NRO, modernize and utilize
NSA at an all-source processing center, and commercialize NGA,
while drawing on their savings to fund homeland counterintelligence,
foreign clandestine operations, and global analysis.
“Second, the nominee for DCI must propose, prior to being
confirmed, a specific plan for retiring the senior managers that
failed to protect America, and for bringing in a new slate of managers—including
at least one substantive published critic as a special assistant—each
actively committed to reform across all agencies.
“Third, Congress must mandate the establishment
of an independent Open Source Agency as proposed by the 9-11
Commission, and the
related Community Intelligence Centers and program for each state.
This will foster bottom-up reform, broad new information-sharing
habits, and competitive analysis.
“Fourth, confirmation hearings must specify
that the DCI is in the service of We the People, the Constitution,
concurrent with service to the Executive. Giving the DCI the
same independence and tenure as now embodied in the Chairman of
Federal Reserve, is the fastest way to resolve conflicted loyalties.
“If all of these conditions are met, we can
reform American intelligence. Anything less is politics as usual
and a betrayal
of the public trust.”
Steele is the author of ON INTELLIGENCE (Foreword by Senator Boren)
and NEW CRAFT OF INTELLIGENCE (Foreword by Senator Roberts). Visit
www.oss.net for more information.