Restructuring the U.S. Intelligence Community

By Robert N. Rose
June 19, 2017

What's in store for the U.S. intelligence community (IC) under President Donald Trump? Trump has voiced his intent to shake up and slim down the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), claiming it has become "bloated and politicized," and that it often hinders the 16 agencies it is intended to manage. What exactly that would entail is unclear, but the Administration should be aware that scrapping the ODNI altogether would have harmful consequences for intelligence sharing. Trump is correct, however, that changes are needed. Restructuring the authorities of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) could better equip the United States to predict and prevent harm from future large- scale national security threats.

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