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Report Recommends Intelligence Changes 

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By Joe Pappalardo 

Amid criticism of the Bush administration’s faulty intelligence about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, a presidential report has yielded some suggestions for improvements.

The report, issued by the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction, was seen as an indictment of the National Security Agency and Central Intelligence Agency. “They and other intelligence agencies are vast government bureaucracies,” the report asserted.

The examination, requested by the White House, also put forth 74 recommendations. The commission had access to secret documents denied to the more publicized—and politicized—National Commission on Terrorist Acts Upon the United States.

Among the commission’s recommendations are the creation of a non-governmental organization that would serve as a check on intelligence agency findings, and the formation of a National Intelligence University that would train analysts and spies.

The commission also proposed creation of a National Counterproliferation Center that would be composed of fewer than 100 staffers. The center would manage and coordinate intelligence on weapons proliferation. That task currently is handled by the National Counterterrorism Center and the proposed organization would join it, rather than replace it, in this capacity.

Other units would include a long-term analysis team to offer big picture viewpoints without the pressures of day-to-day intelligence collection and an open-source directorate to focus on finding publicly available information that could be of vital use to intelligence gatherers.

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