ODNI shakes up the cyberstructure


If confirmed, Representative John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) will take over a reorganized office of the Director of National Intelligence.

The office of the director of national intelligence announced on Friday afternoon a reorganization, with a view to consolidating cybersecurity, creating a military affairs adviser and closing the National Security Partnerships Directorate (NSP).

The move was announced on May 8 by Richard Grenell, acting director of National Intelligence, the same week the Senate Special Committee on Intelligence held a confirmation hearing for Representative John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) who has been appointed. by President Donald Trump to lead ODNI on a permanent basis.

According to the ODNI announcement, four separate cybersecurity-focused organizations will be consolidated into a single entity called the IC Cyber ​​Executive. “This position will provide a single ODNI focal point for the cyber mission, which will strengthen the cyber posture of the IC to better defend the national security interests of the United States,” ODNI said in a statement. The ad did not include the name of the head of the new organizations.

“ODNI will be providing additional information on the IC Cyber ​​Executive in the coming weeks,” Matt Lahr, DNI’s deputy assistant for strategic communications, told FCW in an email.

The most significant change appears to be the extinction of the NSP, which, according to the announcement, will bring “all of the mission management functions of ODNI into one organization and integrate the ODNI partnership organization into the groups of strategic communication and information sharing ”and“ will move ODNI from four directorates to three, reducing manpower and management overhead. “

Friday’s announcement appeared to take the Senate panel by surprise.

An intelligence committee official told FCW that the committee’s chairman and vice-chairman Senses Richard Burr (RN.C.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) Wrote to Grenell asking him to consult the committee before making organizational changes.

“Not only has this not happened here, but they have yet to send the committee the notification from Congress required by law,” said the Senate official. “So we have no idea of ​​the reasoning behind the changes, or if they are wise.”

At Ratcliffe’s confirmation hearing on May 5, Warner said in his opening remarks that Grenell, in taking the interim head of the ODNI, “quickly instituted a hiring freeze and a reorganization with the goal of no ‘has not been communicated by the intelligence monitoring committees.

Senator Martin Heinrich (DN.M.) also tried to emphasize this point during the Ratcliffe hearing.

“Congress did not authorize organizational changes to ODNI. We did not allocate funds for this purpose, but Acting Director Grenell reorganized the ODNI,” said Heinrich. “If this were confirmed, would you organize this reorganization and seek permission … from Congress to reorganize you if you deem it necessary?” “

Ratcliffe said he had “not considered or talked about any sort of organizational changes” for ODNI.

In one late afternoon tweet, ODNI said they had “notified congressional oversight committees in advance of this announcement.”


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