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MFR NARA- NA- US Senate- Rockefeller Jay- 10-16-03- 00986

MFR NARA- NA- US Senate- Rockefeller Jay- 10-16-03- 00986

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MeetingofViceChairHamiltonwithSSCIViceChairJayRockefellerOctober16,2003ViceChairHamiltonopenedbyaskingSenatorRockefeller:WhatshouldtheCommissionrecommend?HeaskedinparticularaboutthequestionofaDirectorforNationalIntelligence(DNI),
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howdomesticintelligenceshouldbeorganized.SenatorRockefellerstartedontheDNIquestion.Hesaidhesupportedastrongerleadership-positionatthetopoftheIntelligenceCommunityandsupportedinstitutionalstreamlining,buthepulledbackfromstrongadvocacyofaDNIbecauseoftheparamountimportanceofcompetitiveanalysis.Heistroubledbytheimplicationsofcentralizationforcompetitiveanalysisanddissent,suchasthecriticallyimportantINRandDepartmentofEnergydissentsonIraq,onuraniumfromNigerandtheuseofaluminumtubesincentrifuges.HesaidthathalfofhimbelievesthatastrongDNIshouldbeamemberoftheCabinet,buttheotherhalfworriedabouttheseepageofpolicyviewsharmingtheobjectivityofanalysis.Sen.Rockefelleralsoexpressedsomedismayabouttheworkoftheintelligencecommittees,thattheyareswampedinbackward-lookinginvestigationsandarespendingalmostnotimeonfuturequestionsortheorganizationoftheIntelligenceCommunity.ViceChairHamiltonaskedabouttheroleoftheSecretaryofDefense.Sen.RockefellerstatedthatinhisviewtheDepartmentofDefensewouldnevergiveupitsintelligencebudgets.StaffDirectorMellonnotedthataprominentMemberoftheDefensePolicyBoard[Dr.WilliamSchneider]saidthattheDefenseSecretarywouldnotopposereprogrammingauthoritybytheDCIwithintheyearofbudgetexecution.Inotherwords,theDCIwouldhavetheabilitytomovearoundfundstomatchemerginghighpriorityneedsinthecurrentbudgetyearinawaythatisnotpossiblenow.RockefellerreturnedtothetopicoftheIntelligenceCommittees.Hereiteratedtheproblemofintelligenceandpolicymergingintoone,andthattheCommitteesarenotconductinghearingsinanymeaningfulsense,muchlessoversighthearings.RockefellerstronglyadvocatedlongertermsforCommitteeMembers--permanentmembershipifpossible,butatanyrate15yearterms.BothRockefellerandHamiltonarguedthatonlythroughlongexperienceontheIntelligenceCommitteecanMembersdeveloptheknowledgeandconfidencetoretainanindependentandinformedviewed.OutsidecriticsworryaboutMembersservingtoolong,buttheoppositeistrue:short-termmemberslackingdeepknowledgeoftheIntelligenceCommunityaremostlikelytofall,shortinprovidingthemeaningful,informedcriticismthatgoodoversightrequires.HamiltonobservedthatmembershipontheIntelligenceCommitteeintheHousewasoriginallyintendedforseniorMembers,closetotheleadership,whowereinsideplayersanddidnotruntothepress.ForGephardtandPelosinow,theIntelligenceCommitteeis

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