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Approved For Release 2001/03/04: CIA-RDP81 ` 261 OOO1 0050015-4 OBJECTIVES The Intelligence Community, and CIA in particular are passing through a crisis of public confidence. If the nation is to have the intelligence system it needs, that confidence must be restored. At the same time the political atmosphere of the day, together with the breakdown in confidence, has encouraged an attack on the conventional defenses of intelligence security. If the national. intelligence system is to be effective, better defenses must be found for those things essential to intelligence operations. The need for public confidence and the need for secrecy mean that change is inevitable. Congress will clearly reconsider the intelligence provisions of the National Security Act of 1947. There is thus a unique apportunitI to make fundamental improvements in Community management, and ultimately in the intelligence product,' improvements that many intelligence officers have believed long overdue. There are thus three major and inter-related cate- gories of measures that are needed: measures to restore public confidence; measures to protect secrecy; measures to improve management. Approved For Release 2001/03/04: CIA-RDP81-00261 R000100050015-4 Approved ForZelease 2001/03/04: CIA-RDP81 02618000100050015-4 I. Measures to Restore Confidence A. In the short range, stronger external oversight. (There is a question whether it is proper for CIA to. have a position on how it is to be overseen.) 1. Executive. A body devoted to.ansur- ing that foreign intelligence activities are proper and legal (Preferably neither. PFIAB nor NSCIC, which have other purposes) Such a body might also serve as a court of appeal. and authorization for covert action and for collection operations that raise a question of propriety. 2. Congress. A Joint Committee, or one in each house, to supervise the full range of intelligence activities. No other committees except Appropriations (and Budget?) would have any jurisdiction over CIA. 3. Public. A public commission, formed in some way by agreement of the President and Congress, might serve the purposes of Al above for both the Legislative and the Executive Branches. Approved For Release 2001/03/04: CIA-RDP81-00261 R000100050015-4 Approved For Release 2001/03/04: CIA-RDP8'f"026f R000100050015-4 B. StR ronger Internal Controls the DCI. As the Rockefeller Character of out, this is basic but hardly pointed Commission appropriate as an.objective . er 1G. Question: Should there 2 , A Str??g be an IG for the Community? within the Agen-_. but 3. Better re orting this must be balanced against our need not to become bureaucratically muscle-bound. Better record-kee longer run, public education on the C. In the l_ oafs, and techniques of national intelll purpose, g gence. to protect Secret b "- statutory basis for class 11: zca '- A - focused than "national security", more narrowly 11sources and methods." broadly than penalties for unauthorized dis? B. Criminal p tion by government closure of classified informa employees. congress, Acceptance, particularly by the C. " , i.. e . , the dele- of the principle of "surrogates access to gati.on to a trusted few of the right of sensitive classified information. .t _3- Approved For Release 2001/03/04: CIA-RDP81-00261 R000100050015-4 Approved For Release 2001/03/04 :?CIA-RDP81-00261 R0001 00050015-4 D. Some modification of the Freedom of Informa- tion Act and Privacy Act as they apply to foreign intelligence. (This does not mean to seek blanket exemptions.) E. Continued concealment of the CIA budget. F. Measures to accommodate inevitable GAO audit. III. Measures to Improve Management. A. Preservation of a national organization for collation and analysis independent of State and Defense. B. Preservation of national capabilities for covert action and clandestine collection. C. Preservation of a national capability for R&D on technical collection independent of Defense Dept. constraints. D. Maintenance of the principle that covert action and clandestine collection cannot be organi- zationally separated. E. A redefinition of roles for the DCI. and Defense in the intelligence field to take into fence's account both the DCI's national interests and Defense's legitimate departmental vies, thereby to reduce the present bureaucratic guerilla warfare. Consideration must. also be given to the rapidly growing need Approved For Release 2001/03/04: CIA-RDP81-00261 R000100050015-4 Approved For- elease 2001/03/04: CIA-RDP81ft 0261 R000100050015-4 for the DCI to involve himself in certain aspects of tactical intelligence. E. On the basis of the above, a greater voice for the DCI in the management of the Community. 1. Greatly strengthened budgetary authority, while preserving the flexibility in handling funds given to the DCI by the CIA Act of 1949. 2. A voice in the management of NSA. 3. A reorganization of the NRO. 4. A mechanism at the senior management level for handling the many important matters involving both State and elements of the Community. 5. A rationalization of the Boards and Committees serving the DCI (USIB, IRAC, EXCOM). F. Reduction of the DCI's responsibility for management of. CIA,. both to free him for his Community responsibilities and to avoid the impres- sion of creating a "czar." (There is clearly a political necessity for more than cosmetic change: the DCI and CIA must not come out more powerful than they now appear.) Approved For Release 2001/03/04: CIA-RDP81-00261 R000100050015-4 Approved For lease 2001/03/04: CIA-RDP81 261 R0001 00050015-4 INTELLIGENCE ACTION PLAN TASK FORCE Third Meeting, 1530 Hours, 6 'October AGENDA 1. REVIEW OF DISPLAYS Note that these boards will be subject to change and refinement Eight boards will be displayed: Schedule of SSC and HSC hearings (2 boards) Intelligence issues (2 boards) Schedule of speaking engagements Action assignment check list "Sensitive issues" Action plan 2. CURRENT ASSESSMENTS "What's going on" reports from Thuermer, etc. 25X1A 3. OBJECTIVES SSUMPTIONS/QUESTIONS TO BE ANSWERED/STRATEGY 25X1A 4. Review of IC,S paper for comment (copies will be available for'all participants). Note that the paper includes inputs from RESPONSIBILITIES FOR PREPARING ANSWERS TO .QUESTIONS If general agreement is obtained to the paper discussed in Item 3 above, make specific assignments of responsibilities for preparing answers to the questions posed in the paper. Stress that the answers to these questions will be the basis for the positions to be emphasized in the execution of the strategy. 5. OTHER ACTION ITEMS Report from John McMahon 6. DATE OF NEXT MEETING Approved For Release 2001/03/04: CIA-RDP81-00261 R0001 00050015-4 25X1A