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Leading the Defense Intelligence Community: The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence: The First 10 Years

Leading the Defense Intelligence Community: The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence: The First 10 Years

Dr. Janet A. McDonnell

The creation of the office of the under secretary of defense for intelligence (OUSD(I)) in March 2003 can now be marked as one of the most significant milestones in the history of defense intelligence. For decades, intelligence-related functions within the office of the secretary of defense had been performed by several different organizational structures and reporting channels, and the responsibility had at times been assigned to officers at several layers below the secretary or to a deputy assistant secretary of defense. Once, it was assigned to an assistant secretary of defense (ASD). The department’s command, control, and communications and its intelligence functions were at times consolidated and then separated. None of these structures gave intelligence sufficient priority or attention.

Then Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld saw that the department’s intelligence activities had become so broad and complex that a leader with high stature in the Pentagon and the Intelligence Community was needed.

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Posted: May 01, 2014 01:49 PM
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