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September 29, 1971
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l31'.Fd,1ri.1'??t'9 ~d1rA CY .L!f:;. i2E Approved For Releasg ~OO'1/6f04 : CIA-RDP80-01601 RO STATINTL . Fl V~`j``~ ~1 ~~r 'L . ?e tigious Central Intelligence. I'-ency, which employs a va- rieLy of experts ranging from beauticians to nuclear scientists, is also expected to bite the eco- ?norny bullet, albeit with a cer- tain amount of kicking an 'd screaming. But the Pentagon will suffer most fro m the axe, for the sinl- ple reason that its intelligence community is the biggest and costliest--and possibly the least efficient. Laird presides over an establishment which includes. the Defense Intelligence Agen- cy, intelligence divisions of the three services and, the super hush-1, ush National Security Agency, the nation's cod:-rmtk- i na and code-breaking appara- tus. It is an establishment that employs some 150,000 people and spends all estimated $3-bll- lion a year. Laird's Spies are in trouble with Pr?esiderlt Nixon. Ile has been !ullling the defense Secre- tary for months that the mili- tary S',)y factory is "too damn big," and that its bigness ap- parently breeds inefficiency. Specifically, although he boast- ed of both operations in public, Nixon was unhappy with the in- telligence planning for the South Vietnamese incursion into Laos and the abortive prisoner-of,. WASHINGTON--Shortly after 'he took over his post as Presi- dent Nixon's top adviser on na- tional security affairs, Dr. Henry - Kissinger complained wryly to an aide that "These spooks really tell me more than I want to know about the birth rate in Cambodia." Kissinger's reference was to the Republic's vast espionage empire, with its nearly 20,000 employes, its "kecret" $5-billio n annual budget, and its penchant for overwhelming the White House with every scrap of inci- dental intelligence it c an gather. The story is timely because at long last it appears' that something will be done to re- duce the size ? and cost of this empire.. Sen. Allen Ellender, D La., chail?nian of the Senate Appropriations C o in in i t tee, wants to cut $500 nlillicn frorn the total ? intelligence budget, thereby eliminating. 50,00.0 jobs. Defense Secretary P.Iclvin Laird already is engaged in a rcor- ganization plan to whittle down ,the size of the enormous mili- tary spy shop. Laird got moving shortly after President Nixon, early this year, ordered ?a study of all in- telligence operations. The pres- ed"--as he told Lairci-vrjth in- telligence on Viet Cong hit-and- run attacks in South Vietnam. Loth the Pentagon and the CIA got a scolding from the Presi- dent when they failed to dis- cover Soviet missile installations near the Suez Canal during th summer of 1970. cracked down on. so-called "po- litico-sociological" studies con- ducted within friendly foreign countries by Army Intelligence, or G-2. After complaints from Secretary of State William Rog- ers, Nixon in July ordered the Pentagon to?r-ecall a research group dispatched to Czechoslo-' vakia to prepare all estimate of the chances of a people's revolt. Rogers is said to. have de- scribed. the project as represent- ing a ".`dangerous 'amble" that could. .get the U.S. in serious trouble. He compared it with the notorious 1?S5, "C melot'' proj- ect set up to ltetcrillille the fac- tors involved in promoting an d inhibiting . revolution in Chile. That operation was cancelled after a strong protest by the Chilean government, but by then it already had cost the taxpay- ems $1-million. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that any administra- tion by itself can reform our swollen intelligence community. J ike all bureaucratic b, conics, it is a powerful lobby within the administration. No . President wants to be accused of restrain- ing, for budgetary reasons, a spy who might discover tolx;or- row that Red China has invented a new bomb. Eventually; if any realized, Congress will have to Step in with its power of tile) But the Nixon. administration is indeed making the first mcan- iugfirl progress in intelligence reform since harry Truman established the CIA. Even if Congress again shirks its re- sponsibilities, the cast of spying almost surely will be reduced in the next year or two. re Richard Nixon has a record for frugality. Approved For Release 2001/03/04 :. CIA-RDP80-01601 R000300300013-5