Acquisition gains clout at DNI

Director of national intelligence Mike McConnell has created the new position of deputy director for acquisition within his office in a bid to speed technology development and foster more reliable systems. The move came as one of four reorganization steps all intended to help the DNI office take charge of the sprawling intelligence community.

According to a DNI press release, establishing the job of deputy director for acquisition is intended to 'increase technological agility and better posture the intelligence community to achieve acquisition excellence, streamline acquisition policies and processes and enhance the professionalism of the acquisition workforce.' The chief intel acquisition official will report directly to the DNI, a spokesman said.

The other three reorganization moves created a new deputy director for policy, plans and requirements, who will take over work now done by two other offices; established an executive committee with members from cabinet departments to aid planning; and designated a chief of staff within the DNI office to run internal operations and coordinate policy.

The DNI Office expects the changes to be complete by mid-April.

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