Panetta unveils blueprint for future of CIA

CIA Director Leon Panetta unveils new blueprint for US intelligence agency`s future aimed at maintaining a strong global presence.

Updated: Apr 27, 2010, 13:54 PM IST

Washington: CIA Director Leon Panetta has
unveiled a new blueprint for the American intelligence
agency`s future aimed at maintaining a strong global presence,
through measures that include a plan to boost its foreign
language capabilities.

"We govern either by leadership or by crisis. Leadership
means making tough choices and planning ahead.

"That`s why we`re taking a hard look at future
challenges, and what we want our agency to look like five
years from now. It`s our responsibility to get out in front of
any problems, and CIA 2015 will help us do that," Panetta said
in his message to the CIA staff.

Outlining CIA 2015`s three pillars, he said the first
would be investing in people.

The CIA will recruit, train, and retain a highly talented
and diverse workforce with the strengths to tackle any mission
that arises.

"Bolstering the Agency`s foreign language capabilities is
essential to that objective. The plan doubles the number of
clandestine officers and triples the number of analysts
enrolled in language training," he said.

The CIA will enhance its use of more flexible and
innovative deployments overseas, including new approaches to
cover, paving the way for even better intelligence collection.

More co-location of analysts and operators at home and
abroad is expected to enrich the information provided to
policymakers and lead to better operational success in the
field, he said.

He said this sort of fusion has been key to victories in
counterterrorism and counter-proliferation.

Panetta said CIA personnel must be able to operate
effectively and securely in a rapidly changing global
information environment.

"The plan boosts the CIA`s potential for human-enabled
technical collection and provides advanced software tools to
help Agency officers tackle the huge volume of data they
encounter in their work," he said.

The third pillar is to achieve a new level of agility in
maintaining the agency`s global presence and surging for
emergencies. The CIA, he said, will transform its support
platforms around the world and consolidate certain business

Commending the agency`s tradition of minimal bureaucracy,
a key ingredient in its responsiveness and impact, he said:
"When we`re told to get a job done, we can do it".