PNM AND THE CIA
Dr. Barnett has a very interesting post up on his visit to brief managers at the CIA
. It's well worth reading in full but at one point he gets meaty and breaks down cabinet and other agencies into Leviathan and System Administration categories:
Defense Intelligence Agency
Air Force Intelligence
National Security Agency
National Imagery and Mapping Agency
National Reconnaissance Office
CIA's direct action people.
Sys Admin =
Marine Corps Intelligence
Dept of Treasury
Dept of Energy
Dept of Homeland Security
Department of State
National Intelligence Council
I'm going to split hairs with Dr. Barnett about the Directorate of Operations
, presuming he meant the entire directorate. Clandestine activity by the CIA involves a number of important tasks not all of which will be well carried out by twenty to thirtysomething squarejawed white guys with 1000 yard stares. Espionage is not Sabotage. There are also times and places where it is most politically convenient for the United States to have small, quiet but definitely military operations carried out by people who are not members of the U.S. military. I'm not certain if I want to take that particular arrow entirely out of the president's quivver just yet.
Ideally, I would separate the Espionage aspect of Clandestine operations from the Paramilitary activities and place it with System Administration. Intelligence collection of a strategic nature tends to get short-shrifted as it is by the flashier and more short term covert ops as well as newsy, high-productivity " current intelligence ". I can't see that situation getting better under military authority that emphasizes intelligence of a tactical nature and operates by regulation rather than flexibility.
We need intelligence officers who can blend, engage in long-term
, strategic influence operations involving HUMINT recruitment and propaganda. I'm not sure a recently retired member of Delta Force is best suited to recruit a Chinese genetic engineer or lobby a senior editor of a major Turkish newspaper. A variety of backgrounds, skill-sets, languages and physical types are needed for a global class intelligence service, not merely elite military skills.