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Movin’ On Up

November 8, 2006 Attention, rising intelligence stars: Don't get too comfortable. You might be your agency's darling analyst, or a code cracker extraordinaire, but to move up the intelligence ladder, you'll have to change your perspective, so to speak. In May, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence enacted new rules for...

ADVICE+DISSENT: Intelligence File Movin' On Up

November 1, 2006 Promotion-hungry intelligence employees get new rules of the road. Attention, rising intelligence stars: Don't get too comfortable. You might be your agency's darling analyst, or a code cracker extraordinaire, but to move up the intelligence ladder, you'll have to change your perspective, so to speak. In May, the Office of...

Agency explores new tool to connect intelligence dots

October 20, 2006 The government's top intelligence agency is building a computerized system to search very large stores of information for patterns of activity that look like terrorist planning. The system, which is run by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, is in the early research phases and is being tested,...

ADVICE+DISSENT: Intelligence File Rocky Mountain Spies

October 1, 2006 The National Security Agency's westward ho. The next boomtown for spend-happy spies is . . . Aurora, Colo.? The growing Denver suburb will play home to a major operations center for the National Security Agency, amid a broader move by the intelligence community to align its operations with the military....

Five years after 9/11, question is: Could it happen again?

September 1, 2006 On the morning of September 11, 2001, 19 terrorists thwarted every layer of aviation security designed to prevent a hijacking. Then they turned four fully fueled jetliners into the only weapons of mass destruction ever effectively used in the United States. They faced little opposition from the U.S. government, which...

New Order

August 1, 2006 Condoleezza Rice wants to transform diplomacy. But first she'll have to deal with the diplomats. Condoleezza Rice is cold. It's a searing June morning in Washington, and on the streets outside her handsome 7th floor office suite at the State Department, damp passersby are reminded why this muggy neighborhood at...

Rice seeks evangelists for democracy

July 28, 2006 Editor's Note: The full version of this article appears in the Aug. 1 issue of Government Executive. For information on subscribing to the magazine, click here. Condoleezza Rice is cold. It's a searing June morning in Washington, and on the streets outside her handsome 7th floor office suite at the...

Contractor’s rise shows blurred government, industry lines

July 7, 2006 What do designing computers for spies, disposing of nuclear waste, running a TV news channel, monitoring employees who download porn from the Internet, psychic experiments, and helping run the government of Iraq have in common? They're all jobs that the Science Applications International Corp. has done for the U.S. government....

Two controversial counter-terror programs share parallels

June 16, 2006 People like to say that the world changed on 9/11. That it became a more confusing place. But for two men, as buildings and bodies burned, the world became much clearer. On the morning of September 11, 2001, John Poindexter, a 65-year-old retired rear admiral and President Reagan's onetime national...

Investigators denied clearances for probe of eavesdropping program

May 26, 2006 An internal Justice Department inquiry into whether department officials -- including Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and then-Attorney General John Ashcroft -- acted properly in approving and overseeing the Bush administration's domestic eavesdropping program was stymied because investigators were denied security clearances to do their work. The investigators, however, were only...

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