When I was director of the CIA, I knew that we had been – and I’m choosing my words very carefully here – effective in our expansion. We really had – expansion of government agencies and expansion of use of contractors. Effective, we were; efficient, we weren’t. And so, as director of the CIA, I went after the inefficiencies part.
Global security can be formed or threatened by heads of state whose wisdom, folly and obsessions shape global events. But often it is the security practitioners, those rarely in the headlines but whose craft and energy quietly break new ground, who keep us safe or put us in peril.
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When I was at the CIA I asked my civilian advisory board to tackle some tough questions. Among the toughest: In a political culture that every day demands more transparency and more public accountability from every aspect of national life, could American intelligence continue to survive and succeed? That jury is still out.
When asked if I miss being in government, I usually try to lighten the moment by responding that I awake most days, read the paper, and then observe that, ‘It’s yet another great day to be the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency.’
There’s this movie, ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ about the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Some have complained that too many ‘secrets’ were dished out by the intelligence and special operations communities to director Kathryn Bigelow, screenwriter Mark Boal and their crew, part of a broader pattern of using intelligence for political effect.
There is no part of the executive branch that more exists on the outer edge of executive prerogative than the American intelligence community – the intelligence community, CIA, covert action. My literal responsibility as director of CIA with regard to covert action was to inform the Congress – not to seek their approval, to inform.
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