Intelligence Reform

Are U.S. spy agencies prepared for 21st-century threats?


New and evolving national security threats are raising questions about the U.S. intelligence community's effectiveness. A decade after the nation's 16 spy agencies were consolidated under the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, security experts are expressing concerns about interagency rivalries and questioning whether the intelligence community is prepared to deal with domestic and foreign threats, including cyberattacks and recruitment of young Westerners by the Islamic State (ISIS). Meanwhile, Congress has been wrangling over whether to allow the National Security Agency to continue collecting bulk cellphone data from Americans, a practice the spy agency says is necessary to safeguard the nation from terrorism but that civil libertarians say erodes one of the very principles of democracy it is intended to protect — citizens' right ...

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