Morning Security Brief: Report Finds Fault with National Counterterrorism Center

By Sherry Harowitz

A new government study finds faults with the progress made by the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), according to The New York Times.

"The center’s planning operation is supposed to be staffed by representatives of various agencies, but not all of them send their best and brightest, the report said,' writes the NYT as one example of the flaws found.

Funded by Congress, the study was conducted by the nonpartisan Project on National Security Reform. It is based on 60 interviews with former government officials, including some who worked in the NCTC, according to the NYT.

The report also notes the continuing problem with turf and culture clashes among the intelligence agencies, which hinders the effectiveness of the NCTC, and it says that intelligence is less centralized under President Obama, the NYT writes.

Congress also comes in for criticism for not having consolidated the oversight function of committees to better address the issue.



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