Central Intelligence Agency Employee Town Hall Meeting

Remarks to the Workforce
September 22, 2005

Excerpts from Remarks

This is a time of great opportunity for the Agency. I am excited about the years ahead. We are rebuilding our human resources – not just in sheer numbers, but we’re also addressing things like our language shortfalls. That applies to the way that we train our newcomers, our middle management, and even our senior management. In short, more quantity, more quality in our future.

Now, in order to accomplish our core mission, we access our plans and intentions of our enemies and then we analyze those secrets, identifying and gaining access to the mischief maker and the leaders of the future; providing our customers with a product that they can rely on to make the very tough decisions they have to make. There is no question in my mind as to my priority for this Agency. Improving our global capabilities is our main job. After all, how can you disrupt terrorist actions without first knowing their plans and intentions?

And you’re dealing with the explosion of information endlessly circling our globe in today’s technological society. How to filter the nuggets is not an easy job.

So, the bottom line is: The CIA is being asked to do better what it has always done – to provide objective, unbiased, and independent intelligence to policymakers without being policy prescriptive. The President expects the CIA to be able to do well what the Agency does uniquely. We are seekers of truth, not owners, and it is an endless task.

And now I want to give you my sense of how we are proceeding when it comes to transformation. And, an understanding of where I see things going next.

We have been making real progress in all areas that have called for improvement. Such as:

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