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Back Channels, Vernon Loeb's column on the intelligence community, appears on The Post's Federal Page.
Vernon Loeb's e-mail address is loebv@washpost.com.

Preparing for 'Network-Centric' Warfare
Monday, August 27, 2001; Page A13
Less than a month on the job, the Pentagon's senior civilian intelligence official said last week that his top priority will be using data networks to bridge the divide between "sensors" and "shooters."

CIA Panel May Lack Voice for Change
Tuesday, August 7, 2001; Page A13
A panel of outside experts selected by CIA Director George J. Tenet to conduct a "comprehensive review" of the U.S. intelligence community has plenty of big names but seemingly few voices for radical change.

Two Panels Begin Reviewing Technologies and Reorganization
Tuesday, July 3, 2001; Page A17
The Bush administration's top-to-bottom review of the nation's intelligence capabilities begins Tuesday when retired Gen. Brent Scowcroft convenes a panel of outside experts to assess new collection technologies and consider ways for reorganizing the U.S. intelligence community.

U.S. Has Bin Laden 'On the Run,' Sen. Shelby Says
Tuesday, June 26, 2001; Page A15
Back from a six-country tour of the Persian Gulf, Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.) believes U.S. counterterrorism officials are winning the war against Saudi extremist Osama bin Laden.

Report Assesses NSA Network
Tuesday, May 29, 2001; Page A13
A temporary investigative committee of the European Parliament has concluded in a draft report that the National Security Agency's global eavesdropping operations are not adequately monitored by member nations of the European Union and could be violating the privacy rights of Europeans.

Tenet, Krongard Alter CIA Power Structure
Tuesday, May 1, 2001; Page A21
CIA Director George J. Tenet and his new executive director, A.B. "Buzzy" Krongard, told CIA employees late last week they plan to abolish the agency's Directorate of Administration so that support personnel would work much more closely with CIA operatives, analysts and scientists.

For Feds, a Secret-Evidence Victory
Friday, April 20, 2001; Page A23
The Supreme Court this week declined to hear an appeal by two convicted spies challenging the government's ability to obtain wiretaps and search warrants under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) on the basis of secret evidence.

Mediation Fails in CIA Employees' Suit
Tuesday, April 3, 2001; Page A19
Court-supervised mediation has collapsed between the CIA and a group of current and former employees who allege that the agency has violated their right to private counsel, clearing the way for further litigation on the issue.

CIA's Tenet Finds the Going Easier in 2001
Monday, February 19, 2001; Page A31
For CIA Director George J. Tenet, what a difference a year makes.

Senate Quest for 'Parity' Turns Partisan
Tuesday, February 6, 2001; Page A15
With Senate power sharing in force, Sens. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.) and Bob Graham (D-Fla.) are nonetheless struggling over how to organize the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

Mapping Agency Gets Boost From Critique
Monday, January 15, 2001; Page A19
Far from a boring government report, a new assessment of the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) by a congressional commission minces no words, concluding that "heroic measures" and huge infusions of cash are needed to modernize the agency and ensure America's "information superiority."

'Rumsfeld's Rules': Aphorisms on Analysis
Tuesday, January 9, 2001; Page A21
In "Rumsfeld's Rules," Defense Secretary-designate Donald H. Rumsfeld shows far more than a passing interest in the art of intelligence analysis, quoting Confucius, Machiavelli, Colin L. Powell and others on a discipline made up of "knowns, known unknowns, and unknown unknowns."

Back Channels: The Intelligence Community
Tuesday, December 12, 2000; Page A45
The House passed the fiscal 2001 intelligence authorization act yesterday despite the objections of a key House member to Senate action rejecting a provision that would enable the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) to negotiate its own satellite launches with the Air Force.

CIA Director May Keep Post in Interim
Friday, December 1, 2000; Page A33
With Texas Gov. George W. Bush trying to appear bipartisan and looking for Democrats to appoint to his presumed presidential administration, Director of Central Intelligence George J. Tenet may be a "nominal" Democrat in the right place at the right time.

Back Channels: The Intelligence Community
Monday, November 13, 2000; Page A25
The Justice Department's prosecution of former Los Alamos physicist Wen Ho Lee was beset by poor investigative techniques, inflated charges and weak leadership, making it a "case study in how an espionage case should not proceed," according to the latest critique.

Back Channels: The Intelligence Community
Tuesday, October 10, 2000; Page A23
The fiscal 2001 Intelligence Authorization Act passed last week by the Senate could easily be renamed the National Security Scandal Response Act, containing sections inspired by the Wen Ho Lee investigation, the John Deutch probe and a string of security gaffes at the State Department.

Back Channels
Tuesday, September 5, 2000; Page A23
CIA Director George J. Tenet may have decided against publicly releasing several hundred documents on covert operations in Chile, but the CIA is due to tell all today in a classified report to the House and Senate intelligence committees.

Back Channels: The Intelligence Community
Monday, August 28, 2000; Page A17
Fresh from a session with management guru Peter Senge, Lt. Gen. Michael V. Hayden spent a day last week telling several hundred retired National Security Agency officials about his rather dramatic reengineering of the spy agency they knew and loved during the Cold War.

Back Channels
Thursday, August 17, 2000; Page A27
CIA Director George J. Tenet has fired back at critics inside and outside government who are angry that he has decided to withhold hundreds of documents relating to CIA covert operations in Chile.

Back Channels
Thursday, August 3, 2000; Page A27
Former CIA director Robert M. Gates has re-upped for another year as interim dean of Texas A&M University's George Bush School for Presidential Studies. But he swears he's got no ulterior motive, i.e., paving the way for a return engagement at Langley should George W. Bush win the presidency in November.

Back Channels: The Intelligence Community
Wednesday, July 5, 2000; Page A19
Attorneys representing Wen Ho Lee argue that the former Los Alamos physicist was singled out for investigation as a possible spy because he is an ethnic Chinese American.

Back Channels: The Intelligence Community
Tuesday, June 13, 2000; Page A37
The Central Intelligence Agency has forbidden two former operatives from appearing on a History Channel documentary to discuss the agency's role in supporting U.S. troops in Somalia unless all questions and answers are submitted in advance.

Back Channels: The Intelligence Community
Tuesday, May 30, 2000; Page A17
Despite five years of budget increases, the U.S. intelligence community is starved for funds and cannot meet the competing demands of global intelligence gathering and protection of military forces, according to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Back Channels: The Intelligence Community
Tuesday, May 23, 2000; Page A27
Former senator Warren B. Rudman (R-N.H.), chairman of a panel that counsels the president on intelligence issues, is representing a client in a case involving a U.S. intelligence agency.

Back Channels: The Intelligence Community
Wednesday, May 17, 2000; Page A25
The National Security Agency is increasingly incapable of intercepting electronic communications in the face of powerful encryption software, digital cell phone transmissions and fiber-optic cable, according to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

Back Channels: The Intelligence Community
Tuesday, May 2, 2000; Page A21
Now that the National Archives has released the final Taylor commission report on the Bay of Pigs invasion with only minimal deletions, the only major document still under wraps on the failed invasion is a four-volume study written by CIA historian Jack B. Pfeiffer, who died three years ago.

Back Channels: The Intelligence Community
Tuesday, April 25, 2000; Page A21
Rep. Porter J. Goss (R-Fla.), chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, held an open hearing this month on what he called "substantial" concerns about the National Security Agency's possible misuse of its global system for intercepting phone calls, faxes, e-mails and other electronic communications.

Back Channels: The Intelligence Community
Tuesday, April 11, 2000; Page A21
Rep. Porter J. Goss (R-Fla.) said yesterday that the Central Intelligence Agency acted appropriately in firing the intelligence officer most responsible for the mistaken bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade last year, but he questioned why other involved agencies haven't performed their own internal reviews.

BACK CHANNELS: The Intelligence Community
Tuesday, April 4, 2000; Page A27
Having relentlessly pursued Attorney General Janet Reno and other Justice Department officials for their handling of the Wen Ho Lee spy case, Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) is now hot on their trail in the other Chinese spy case, involving Peter H. Lee.

Back Channels: The Intelligence Community
Friday, March 3, 2000; Page A27
John Spinelli, the only CIA operations officer wounded in Somalia supporting U.N. peacekeepers in 1993, filed suit this week against the agency, alleging that CIA officials denied him access to adequate medical care for post-traumatic stress once he physically recovered from gunshot wounds to the neck and shoulder.

Back Channels: The Intelligence Community
Friday, February 18, 2000; Page A21
As then-executive director of the CIA Nora Slatkin supervised the investigation into John M. Deutch's unauthorized home computer use three years ago, cynicism soared inside the agency.

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