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Geospatial Intelligence Forum Volume 11, Issue 3 • April 2013

The Magazine of the National Intelligence Community Editorial

Managing Editor Harrison Donnelly Online Editorial Manager Laura Davis Copy Editors Sean Carmichael Laural Hobbes Correspondents Peter A. Buxbaum • Cheryl Gerber William Murray • Karen E. Thuermer

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EDITOR’S PERSPECTIVE Although the passage of a continuing resolution appears to have temporarily stabilized the federal budget picture, it is clear that the funding cuts required under sequestration will have a major impact on intelligence programs as well as some of the more prominent big-ticket defense items. In recent testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper outlined a series of effects on human intelligence, analysis and acquisitions. Clapper explained that the National Intelligence Program (NIP), which he manages, is spread across six cabinet departments and two independent Harrison Donnelly agencies. Much of it is included in the Department of Defense budget, he Editor said, and Congress ordered an even more onerous set of rules to carry out cuts imposed on DoD. “This restrictive program, project and activity, or PPA structure as it’s known, compounds the damage because it restricts our ability to manage where to take reductions in a balanced and rational way. Accordingly, the sheer size of the budget cut, well over $4 billion or about 7 percent of the NIP, will directly compel us to do less with less,” Clapper warned. Impacts will include reductions in human, technical and counterintelligence operations, resulting in fewer collection opportunities while increasing a risk of strategic surprise. This includes, for example, possibly furloughing thousands of FBI employees funded in the national intelligence program. Cyber efforts will be impacted, Clapper continued, and critical analysis and tools will be cut back. “Our response to customers will suffer as well. We’ll let go over 5,000 contractors, and that number may grow, who are an integral part of the intelligence community. And this is on top of the thousands of contractors we’ve let go in previous years.” Virtually all of the 39 major systems acquisition across the intelligence community will be wounded, he said, adding that renegotiated contracts and delayed schedules to the right will cost the nation more in the long run.

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