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A Recent NIC Chairman’s Perspective—Change and Continuity: The National Intelligence Council, 2009–2014

A Recent NIC Chairman’s Perspective—Change and Continuity: The National Intelligence Council, 2009–2014

Christopher A. Kojm

Government institutions change in response to the times. And so it was at the National Intelligence Council (NIC) during the five years (2009– 14) I had the privilege to serve as its chairman. Those changes related to the unfolding impact of the 2004 Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act (IRTPA) that reorga­nized the Intelligence Community and created the director of national intelligence (DNI). Three changes had significant and positive impact on the NIC:

First, in 2010, in the sixth year after the implementation of the act in 2005, General James R. Clapper became the DNI and took the spirit and intent of the IRTPA to its logical conclusion.

Second, the DNI’s strong relationship with the White House meant a continuous and powerful demand for the Intelligence Community’s (IC’s) best analytic judgments. As the director’s analytic arm, the NIC became the focal point for production for deputies’ and principals’ meetings.

Third, the IRTPA’s emphasis on analytic integrity and quality gave a powerful boost to reforms in the structure and presentation of analysis, especially National Intelligence Estimates (NIEs).

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