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.”