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The Intelligence Community: Time for a Major Overhaul

May 5, 1997 | Policy Brief

By Melvin A. Goodman

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America's spy empire--the so-called intel-ligence community--is a creation of the Cold War that now includes thirteen secret agencies. It employs too many people (over 150,000) and spends too much money (over $30 billion a year). The Central Intelligence Agency is the most notorious of these agencies and the director of the CIA is also DCI, thus the titular leader of the entire empire. The CIA's major companion agencies are in fact part of the Defense Department.

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