13 October 2005
AND D/CIA ANNOUNCE ESTABLISHMENT OF
THE NATIONAL CLANDESTINE SERVICE
The Director of National Intelligence, John D. Negroponte, and the
Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Porter J. Goss, today announced
the creation of the National Clandestine Service (NCS) at CIA.
The initiative will strengthen the direction and leadership of human
intelligence throughout the Intelligence Community (IC). The plan reflects
the thinking of some of the most seasoned veterans in human intelligence
collection, men and women with decades of experience in the field.
In announcing this new approach, Director Goss said, "The decision
to create the NCS at CIA underscores CIA’s proud position as the
center of gravity for HUMINT in our Intelligence Community. No agency
has greater skill and experience in this difficult, complex, and utterly
vital discipline of intelligence." Goss added, "The announcement
represents a grant of trust and an expression of confidence in CIA from
the President, the DNI, and our partners throughout government."
The National Clandestine Service at CIA will incorporate the current
Directorate of Operations and will be led by the Director of the National
Clandestine Service (D/NCS) to whom the D/CIA will delegate his day-to-day
National HUMINT Manager responsibilities. The D/NCS will coordinate,
de-conflict, and assess HUMINT operations throughout the IC and will
report directly to the D/CIA. The D/NCS will also work with the Office
of the Director of National Intelligence to implement the DNI's statutory
The D/NCS will be assisted by two deputies -- one will lead the daily
activities of the CIA's Clandestine Service while the other will focus
on human intelligence activities across the IC.
"These changes hold the potential to make our HUMINT operations
better than they were before—from training and tradecraft to technology
and counterintelligence," Goss said. "They hold the potential
to make our Intelligence Community even more of a Community. It is up
to us to make that potential real, and in the process to make the United
States safer and stronger. I have every confidence that we will meet