Impact of Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (IRTPA) on Intelligence Support to DoD Joint Operations
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI
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The paper analyzes the impact of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 IRTPA on Department of Defense DoD operational intelligence functions. The analysis briefly covers the development and reform process, which led to the creation of the modern US Intelligence Community. The paper then views the recommendations of the 911 Commission as the basis for the creation of Office of the Director of National Intelligence DNI in order to establish how policy makers viewed the DNI role in supporting military operations. Finally, the paper highlights that although the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 provided the tools to the DNI to support operational military commanders it is far less directive than Goldwater-Nichols was for the DoD. Therefore the paper argues that the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 will not improve DoD operational intelligence activities in support of Joint Operations without a significant DNI effort. The paper recommends how DoD can engage with the DNI in order to ensure better intelligence support to operational commanders.
- Military Intelligence