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Siobhan Gorman

Management

The Decision Makers: Intelligence Agencies

A look at the leaders of the agencies that make up the federal intelligence community.

Defense

Efforts to combat nuclear terrorism hindered by porous borders

Defense

New intelligence director shakes up hierarchy

Memo from John Negroponte instructs CIA officials to report to him on certain intelligence matters.

Defense

Fewer, better spies key to intelligence reform, former official says

New director of national intelligence should focus on stepping up quality of information gathered, says David Kay, former chief U.S. weapons inspector in Iraq.

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DHS experience is cautionary tale for new intelligence director

Whoever takes over as the new chief of the intelligence apparatus could learn from the early, faltering steps of the Homeland Security Department.

Defense

Homeland Security nominee seeks to bring allies to department

A look at some of the people Michael Chertoff might seek to bring on as his top deputies.

Management

I Spy Mismanagement

The CIA's current turmoil is a predictable byproduct of woefully inadequate management and poor communication, say intelligence experts and management gurus.

Defense

Lame-duck session last-ditch effort for intelligence reform this year

Sen. Susan Collins lobbies the White House behind the scenes in hopes of moving the measure forward.

Defense

Congress hurtles toward intelligence overhaul

House, Senate are taking different approaches, but major reorganization is likely either before or shortly after the election.

Defense

Unseen multi-agency security force on the job at GOP convention

Nearly 22,000 officers are standing guard at or near the convention site, and 66 federal, state, and local agencies are working together at a nerve center.

Defense

Secret Service coordinator in the eye of convention storm

Steve Hughes, the Secret Service's chief coordinator for GOP convention security, has spent 15 months preparing for the event.

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FBI chief struggling to turn rhetoric into action

Critics say there is a considerable gap between the plans announced at FBI headquarters and the reality in the field.

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Frustrated intelligence reformers see window of opportunity

Forty studies dating back almost to the birth of the CIA have lamented that no one's really in charge of the nation's intelligence apparatus.

Defense

FBI intelligence chief quietly beefs up agency's role

Maureen Baginski has the unenviable task of integrating intelligence collection and analysis into every division of the FBI.

Defense

War on terror eclipses homeland security effort

Two and a half years after 9/11, the Bush administration remains primarily focused on waging a war on terrorism abroad. The effort to establish, organize, fund and manage the Homeland Security Department has taken a back seat.

News

Homeland Security still seeking to define, measure performance

With no agreed-upon way to gauge whether the Homeland Security Department's efforts are actually making the nation safer, assessments of its first year of existence vary widely.