Commission Also Tosses In An ODNI Power Grab
The National Commission for the Review of the Research and Development Programs of the United States Intelligence Community, this week released an unclassified version of a report arguing, among other things, that “U.S. technological superiority is diminishing” because foreign competitors as well as adversaries are aggressively trying t get an edge. In order to address this challenge, the Commission recommends: improving STEM education, creating skills-based immigration policies, securing the supply chains of critical materials and technologies, as well as countering cyber theft and foreign espionage.
There are a lot of different legal and policy regimes addressed in this report. From immigration, export controls, education, and much more. The Commission started to meet before the Snowden leak matter so it is unclear how much of it was taken into consideration (that fellow needs to be extradited to the US of A). Albeit a very spartan document, well worth a read if your in the export controls, research, or related industries.
One interesting side note, the Commission members seem to have handed the ODNI another bone. In an area that should remain squarely within the CIA, the Commission recommends that the “Office of the Director of National Intelligence must create a new joint program plan between the Director of Science and Technology (DS&T) and the Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Intelligence Integration (DDII) for Enhanced Integrated Intelligence…”. Why? Well, the report will not tell you that. Growing the bureaucracy by power grab is a varsity sport in this town.
Congress should create another commission (why not, there is little if any oversight these days), to review the post-09.11.01 reorganization of the national security apparatus. It should take square aim at deconstructing agencies that are only creating more red tape, duplicating missions.