WASHINGTON – The CIA announced a major internal reorganization because it will strengthen its technical capabilities and capabilities in defeating its rival detective agencies.
CIA Director William Burns announced on Thursday that it would create a “China Mission Center” that would address “the global challenge of the People’s Republic of China,” which Burns called “a major competitor.”
The CIA is also focusing heavily on technology. Burns announced the creation of a new technology center for intelligence and its technology-related intelligence, known as the “International and Technology Mission Center”.
The change will include new efforts to recruit technology-related roles and policy changes that will make it easier for the agency to hire new talent.
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“Throughout our history, the CIA has come forward to address any challenges,” Burns said, according to a CIA press release. “And now the CIA is at the forefront of this effort as we face our toughest geopolitical test in a new era of big power rivalry.”
The CIA tries to fix the ground
The CIA, long regarded as the world’s leading intelligence agency, has recently lagged behind both the Allied and Rival Intelligence in several high profile cases.
Although the agency and sibling intelligence groups, like the National Security Agency, still technically boast over rivals, the CIA has been criticized by the Allies for lack of visibility of preferred countries, according to the New York Times, and top talent has left the agency at high rates in recent years, per Just Security.
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The weakening of those networks has blinded policymakers to key issues such as the origins of China’s Kovid-19 epidemic or the stability of the Afghan government in Kabul.
Recent reforms follow a New York Times report that uncovered an internal CIA memo highlighting the agency’s recent failures in building spy networks in countries such as China, Iran, Russia and Pakistan.
The memo also found that the CIA, like the broader American national security community, has been extraordinarily focused on counterterrorism efforts over the past two decades and has been loose in reviewing sources.
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As a result, rival intelligence agencies are increasingly specialized with new technologies such as facial recognition, artificial intelligence and surveillance technology, while learning how to break CIA intelligence networks in their countries.
The CIA announcement broadens the Biden administration’s military, diplomatic and intelligence agencies to better compete with rival nations like China, Iran and Russia and to meet the needs of the US and its allies.
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