Widespread Perception of Distortion
“However, we did find a troubling and widespread perception among many intelligence analysts that their leaders were attempting to distort intelligence,” Fine said.
Largely in light of that perception, all 29 recommendations are important and provide a useful roadmap for improving intelligence processes, not only at Centcom, but at the other combatant commands and DoD, he said, adding that many of them are consistent with what the House of Representatives task force’s separate investigation also recommended.
Fine urged DoD, Centcom and the Defense Intelligence Agency to take the recommendations seriously, and to fully implement corrective action in response to them.
“We believe such actions can further improve intelligence processes and reduce the risk that allegations such as the ones at issue in this report will arise in the future,” he said.
Vital, Complex Responsibility
Air Force Maj. Gen. James Marrs, director of intelligence for the Joint Staff, said the reports from both teams “remind us that the vital and complex responsibilities entrusted to intelligence professionals within our joint force [with] continual improvements and analytic standards and processes are necessary to ensure intelligence products continue to be of the highest quality, objectivity and integrity.”
Army Maj. Gen. Mark Quantock, director of intelligence for Centcom, said he will lead to put in place the recommendations from both teams.
“We’ve developed an aggressive action plan, which we are executing to ensure commanders and the nation’s policy makers receive the very best intelligence support,” he said.
(Source: US Dept of Defense)