The cabinet-level director of national intelligence would have ultimate authority to coordinate the collection and analysis of information gathered by each of 15 separate segments of the US government with a role in intelligence gathering.
“The goal is to make sure that we have the best possible intelligence community under the best and strongest leadership,” US Senator Dianne Feinstein said.
The legislation would separate the national intelligence director’s duties from those of the CIA director, which are currently carried out by the same individual.
“The bottom line is, leading the United State’s intelligence community is a full-time position and if it’s to be done right we cannot expect the person holding that responsibility to run a separate agency simultaneously,” Feinstein said.
The restructuring of the intelligence community envisioned by Feinstein and several other lawmakers sponsoring the Senate bill, mirrors recommendations expected to be issued in a report on Thursday by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States.
As envisioned by the September 11 commission, the intelligence “czar” would coordinate intelligence-gathering operations run by the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Security Council, the Pentagon and other sectors of the US government.