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The blurring of CIA and military
By David Ignatius, Washington Post, June 1, 2011
One consequence of the early “war on terror” years was that the lines between CIA and military activities got blurred. ...The Obama administration is finishing an effort to redraw those lines more carefully....
Rewriting Rumsfeld’s rules
By David Ignatius, Washington Post, June 3, 2011
Sensitive intelligence missions now need Obama approval....The Rumsfeld-era orders have been rewritten over the past several years, at Gates’s insistence. The review was begun by James Clapper, a former undersecretary of defense who’s now director of national intelligence. Michael Vickers, who is Clapper’s successor, is finishing the rewrite....
This Week at War: Rise of the Irregulars
By Robert Haddick, Small Wars Journal @ foreignpolicy.com, June 10, 2011
The U.S. isn’t militarizing intelligence, it’s civilianizing the military. Last week, the Washington Post's David Ignatius discussed how the line between the Central Intelligence Agency's covert intelligence activities and the Pentagon's military operations began blurring as George W. Bush's administration ramped up its war on terrorism....Ignatius missed the larger and far more significant change that continues to this day....
Panetta: Escalate Shadow Wars, Expand Black Ops
By Spencer Ackerman, Danger Room @ wired.com, June 9, 2011
....At his Thursday confirmation hearing to become secretary of defense, CIA Director Panetta made a broad case for expanding the U.S.’ already extensive shadow wars...In his written responses to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Panetta endorsed a command scheme that would place select U.S. military personnel temporarily under the authority of the CIA director for the most sensitive counterterrorism operations.....