An Internal Central Intelligence Agency

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After the September 11th terrorist attacks on U.S soil many gaps were identified in our domestic and international intelligence programs. An internal Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) investigation revealed that CIA Task Forces failed to share information with the FBI about two suspected terrorists, Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar, as they entered the United States (9/11 Commission Report). The U.S Intelligence Community is made up of 15 different agencies, offices, and organizations within the Executive branch. There are 8 components in the Department of Defense, two in the department of Homeland Security, and one in each of the separate State, Energy, Treasury, and Justice departments, and one independent agency, the CIA (COICUS,…show more content…
The United States Intelligence community Often referred to as “those three letter agencies”, by boots on the ground door kickers who action the intelligence they provide; the U.S Intelligence community is a vast collection of agencies, departments within departments, organizations, specialty programs, and think tanks. There are X components that make up the Federal Intelligence community; 1. Independent component: Solely comprised of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), this independent component principally collects intelligence through human means. The CIA focuses on analysis of topics related to national security and provides products and Intel to national policymakers, defense planners, law enforcement officials, and the military services. The CIA the U.S’s overseas counterintelligence tool and undertakes special activities at the direction of the President. (COICUS, 2005 APP C). 2. Department of Defense Components: The “alphabet soup” that makes up
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