U.S. intelligence slow to transform, experts allege

According to the co-chairmen of a commission that investigated the September 11, 2001, terror attacks, U.S. intelligence agencies have yet to fully complete their transformation into an effective counterterrorism team nearly a decade later.

Co-chairmen Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton said that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is struggling to balance its crime-fighting responsibilities and its intelligence while the director of national intelligence does not have enough power to oversee operations, Bloomberg reports.

They said that the FBI, Central Intelligence Agency and other organizations within the government have made progress and are communicating more effectively, which makes the United States safer. They said many more changes need to be made to prevent a similar attack from occurring.

“Despite 10 years of working on the problem, the system still falls short in critical ways,” Kean and Hamilton said, according to Bloomberg. “While our government has made improvements, worrisome vulnerabilities remain. If we were issuing grades, the implementation of this recommendation would receive a failing mark.”

Kean and Hamilton said that the director of national intelligence could use a boost from legislation that clarifies his oversight of employees and budget to improve their ability to unify intelligence operations.

Some recommendations Kean and Hamilton have made include President Obama’s call for allocating a part of the communication spectrum, called the D Block, to public safety, and the installation of body-scanning machines that could detect explosives hidden inside the body.