Terrorism: Intelligence and National Security

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Counter Terrorism and Intelligence Framework
HSM 433 Counter Terrorism & Intelligence Analysis
January 14, 2012

Counter Terrorism and Intelligence Framework Terrorism is the warfare of the future. The battlefield has changed and it will take professional intelligence agencies to gather information about these unorthodox combatants. To help fight the war on terror, intelligence corporations must be present. However, some of the agencies can be combined with others to make a “super agency”. Three agencies that currently play a major role in the battle on terrorism will be the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). Discussion will be given on which
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(Richelson, 2011)
Further, the CIA cannot collect foreign intelligence on U.S. citizens. Only special circumstances can CIA assets be used to gather information domestically and it takes the approval from senior leadership. Another CIA downfall is that the agency does not have arrest authority and must rely on local law enforcement or other federal agencies to fulfill any arrest requirement. The third organization that will be part of the “super agency” is the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). The primary function of the DIA is to provide military intelligence information to the Department of Defense and its leaders (About DIA, 2012). The DIA was created due to the fact that all the military branches had their own intelligence divisions. In the late 1950’s a study group was created to study all the military intelligence agencies. The group concluded that each of the military intelligence branches duplicated the same work costing the tax payers millions of dollars. The recommendation from the group was to have one centralized military intelligence division thus the creation of the DIA was formed (Richelson, 2011). Now that a little background has been laid about the agencies that will be utilized in the creation of the United States super intelligence agencies the framework can now be laid. First and foremost the agencies would keep their actually
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