Message from the Director of Central Intelligence
On behalf of the President, I am pleased to forward The 2001 Annual Report of the United States Intelligence Community.
The events of fiscal year 2001 place it among the most challenging for the US Intelligence Community since its establishment. With the support of the President, the Congress, and the American people, we continue to provide intelligence to our national leadership far superior to that of any of our adversaries, thus giving our leaders a unique advantage in their conduct of foreign, economic, and military affairs.
We are in a new threat environment. Policymakers expect accurate, timely and otherwise unobtainable "secret" information on a wider variety of difficult national security issues than ever before. Intelligence targets today are more complex, diverse, and dispersed around the globe and our adversaries are increasingly sophisticated at concealing their activities. In addition to the deadly threat of terrorism, we continue to face such challenges as weapons proliferation, highly volatile regional conflicts, international crime and narcotics trafficking, and a host of other threats to our freedoms and security.
The catastrophic events of 11 September 2001 crystallized the dangers we face as a nation and added new urgency to our work in the Intelligence Community. Terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction are not new; we have been warning of the threat they pose for many years. But now our country has resolved to do whatever it takes to prevent future attacks and win the war on terrorism. To support this effort, the Community is marshalling all of its human and technical resources to enable the President to protect America’s interests at home and abroad. At the end of fiscal year 2001, and with the help of the President and the Congress, we have reallocated human, technical, and financial resources to bolster the nation’s fight against terrorism. We are employing advanced technologies to collect and analyze the data we gather, and we are bringing the best minds in America together to attack our most challenging intelligence problems.
I am proud of the contributions the men and women of the Intelligence Community have made in protecting our national security and appreciate the opportunity to share their contributions with Congress and the public.
George J. Tenet