Today, the Washington Post came out with their glorified "intelligence" piece. A full four pages which covered the vast nature of contractors and intelligence. They are hoping for a Pulitzer Prize out of the deal...I'm thinking.
I spent around thirty minutes reading through it this morning.....and came to the observation that it was mostly worthless and only somewhat truthful.
First, they wanted everyone to know the vast intelligence apparatus right now working for the government. Somewhere in their vast graphics....there this mention of DISA....my organization. DISA stands for Defense Information Systems Agency. Basically....we don't do intelligence. Yet, the Post wanted to include them anyway. I sat there laughing....a bunch of computer geeks labeled as intelligence guys? There were three or four other examples like this.....so my confidence in their article was shaken.
Then we came to this whole big piece on construction of intelligence buildings. Well....DISA got tossed into this deal as well. It was interesting....because not only are we not intelligence folks....but we were ordered to relocate by congress as part of the base realignment plan. There were no options. So my headquarters out of DC.....was told to pack up and build up a facility at Fort Meade....around sixty miles away near Baltimore. Naturally, the Post didn't mentioned any of that.
I looked over the other construction comments....and I noted another five or six base realignment plans in progress....all ordered by congress with no options. Note, the Post guys didn't mention that.
Nor did the Post mention that a number of these construction projects were attempts to consolidate intelligence folks from several sites at one central facility....which made sense, but the Post wasn't bright enough to figure that out.
Then we came to the use of contractors....which they really wanted to show that it was a problem but you kept wondering when they were going to explain why. It was generally a fairly limited answer there.
Then finally, we came to this piece of comparing all the intelligence groups and the various things that each already do internally.....and duplicate things that other folks do. This was a humorous piece.
You see.....if you belong to DEA intelligence.....you have a certain amount of interest in human intelligence around drugs and the drug market. If you work for CENTCOM, you have a certain amount of interest in human intelligence around the Middle East. If you work for SOUTHCOM, you have an interest in human intelligence around Central and South America.
Well...the Post folks wanted you to think that consolidating pieces of human intelligence or the various other pieces here....made great sense. The problem with this idea is that you end up with this massive headquarters complex producing "vanilla" human intelligence thats supposed to make CENTCOM, SOUTHCOM and DEA happy.....but it won't. Each needs certain things analyzed in a certain way and delivered in a certain way. So this Wal-Mart approach to things....like the Post would like to suggest....won't work.
Yeah.....the Post is really happy about this effort and put probably 1,000 man-hours into this massive piece and the anticipated articles to come over the next month or two.
I wondered who exactly was feeding them their "facts" and what the anticipated changes were that the feeder wanted to accomplish. The Post has some agenda....whether they know or not. Obviously, this waste of man-hours was worth it for someone.
The Post has issues. Every month, I question why I ever subscribed with them.....and wish that six-month subscription would come to an end.