CIA-mil­i­tary re­la­tions

The Washington Times Weekly - - International Perspectives -

The CIA in­spec­tor gen­eral re­port made pub­lic last week sheds light on the of­ten-con­tentious re­la­tions be­tween CIA of­fi­cers and the U.S. mil­i­tary, which were a ma­jor prob­lem be­fore the Septem­ber 11 ter­ror at­tacks.

The re­port from 2005 stated that U.S. mil­i­tary of­fi­cials were “re­luc­tant” to use forces in CIAled op­er­a­tions against al Qaeda ter­ror­ists in Afghanistan be­fore Septem­ber 11.

“At least in part this was the re­sult of the [intelligence com­mu­nity’s] in­abil­ity to pro­vide the nec­es­sary intelligence to sup­port mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions,” the re­port stated.

“The agency was un­able to sat­isfy the de­mands of the U.S. mil­i­tary for pre­cise, ac­tion­able intelligence that the mil­i­tar y lead­er­ship re­quired in or­der to de­ploy U.S. troops in the ground in Afghanistan, or to launch cruise mis­sile at­tacks against [Osama bin Laden]-re­lated sites be­yond the Au­gust 1998 re­tal­ia­tory strikes in Afghanistan and Su­dan.”

The CIA also clashed with the Pen­tagon over the costs of re­plac­ing Preda­tor drone air­craft in Afghanistan, the re­port stated.

The in­spec­tor gen­eral, based on a re­view by a team of spe­cial­ists, called the CIA’s han­dling of its ties to the mil­i­tary “re­spon­si­ble” and “within the bounds of what was rea­son­able and pos­si­ble.”

Since the Septem­ber 11 at­tacks, CIA-mil­i­tary re­la­tions have im­proved and are a top pri­or­ity of CIA Di­rec­tor Gen. Michael V. Hay­den, agency spokesman Mark Mansfield said.

“In Afghanistan, Iraq and else­where, the fact of the mat­ter is that there is un­prece­dented co­op­er­a­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion in terms of iden­ti­fy­ing, lo­cat­ing and dis­rupt­ing ter­ror­ists,” Mr. Mansfield said. “CIA and the mil­i­tary have their own man­dates, tar­gets and ca­pa­bil­i­ties, but we work closely to­gether, both here and in the field. All of us rec­og­nize that such co­op­er­a­tion is key to pre­vent­ing ter­ror­ist at­tacks and sav­ing lives.”

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