The following is the text of the DCI's Statement to the
Workforce dated 15 November 2004:
Not long after
Director Tenet's unexpected retirement, President Bush asked
me to be the DCI and to take on the challenges identified in
the various reviews of 9/11, in the reports about WMD, and
in the global war against terrorism. The President's direction
was very clear - the Intelligence Community must do all it can
to keep Americans safe both here and abroad, and to accomplish
that mission, the fifteen components of the Community must work
more closely as a team.
As the flagship
component, CIA has the vital role and the DCI has the direct
responsibility and accountability to the President.
I, and t he DDCI on my behalf, perform that mission with your
CIA is, of
course, a part of the Executive Branch primarily as a capabilities
component. We do not make policy, though we do
inform those who make it. We avoid political involvement especially
We are a
secret Agency. Of necessity, we must assiduously follow the law
to honor the trust placed upon us. We have rules to govern our
conduct of business and rules designed to facilitate
our mission's success and to build public confidence.
everything has changed. The IC and its people have been relentlessly
and criticized. Intelligence related
issues have become the fodder of partisan food fights and turf-power
skirmishes. All the while, the demand for our services and products
against a ruthless and unconventional enemy has expanded geometrically
and we are expected to deliver - instantly. We have reason to
be proud of our achievements and we need to be smarter about how
we do our work in this "operational climate."
I want everyone
in our workforce to know - I seek to encourage and expect the
best from everyone in CIA. Our country demands
it, our President needs it, and this institution deserves it.
I also intend to clarify beyond doubt the rules of the road. We
support the Administration and its policies in our work. As Agency
employees we do not identify with, support, or champion opposition
to the Administration or its policies. We provide the intelligence
as we see it - and let the facts alone speak to the policymaker.
To do so we
have a strong organizational framework to support the President
and the nation. These roles and responsibilities
are well est ablished and I intend to follow them.
- DDCI: The
DDCI is my critical partner in the leadership of the CIA and
the Intelligence Community. We have been extraordinarily well
serve d by our retiring friend and colleague John McLaughlin.
We will all miss his steady thoughtful hand, his wonderful clarity,
and his special magic. I wish you all to know that I am working
to identify a candidate as my new deputy and take that to the
President for his consideration.
- EXDIR: The
Executive Director is the chief operating official for the CIA.
I have entrusted him with the leadership of our critical functions,
and the requirement that Mission comes first.
- The Deputy
Directors for Intelligence, Operations, Science & Technology
and the MSO Chiefs are the principal leaders of their disciplines,
and are fully charged by me to lead their organizations, consistent
with my vision and direction.
- Chief of
Staff/DCI: The Chief of Staff organizes and manages the
duties and priorities of my staff.
- The Directors
of OPA, OCA, and OGC lead our Agency with contacts
outside of the Agency. These disciplines allow us, as Agency officers
to scrupulously honor our secrecy oath. A simple rule of thumb
should always apply - all Agency business with the media or Congress
should be conducted solely through these elements to ensure that
we protect against the release of unauthorized documents, sources
or methods. We remain a secret organization.
Through this clear chain of command we are all charged with not
only our mi ssion, but also the leadership of our officers with
integrity, intelligence , and an unfailing commitment to the work
the President has asked of us.
In the days
and weeks ahead of us, I will announce a series of changes -
some involving procedures, organization, senior personnel,
and areas of focus for our action. I am committed to sharing
these changes with you as they occur. I do understand it is easy
to be distracted by both the nature and pace of change. I am confident,
however, that you will remain deeply committed to our mission.
The American people, and the President on their beha lf, expect
[Text courtesy of Shaun Waterman]