Clearing Up Confusion In Intelligence Community

In a wide-sweeping executive order, President Bush has clarified responsibilities and job descriptions of many top-level officials in the country's intelligence community.

The amendments to President Reagan's 1981 Executive Order 12333 reflect changes made in the intelligence and national security sectors of government since the 2004 Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act.

NPR's Tom Gjelten tells Alex Chadwick that much of the organization and functioning of intelligence and security departments like the CIA will not change drastically, but positions within the organizations will have different names.

At the center of the intelligence overhaul in 2004 was the creation of the director of national intelligence position, a new executive-branch job with the responsibility of managing the intelligence-gathering organizations.

The individual organizations have been struggling for financial and organizational autonomy since the creation of the director of national intelligence position, and President Bush's amendments to Executive Order 12333 spell out these roles.



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