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The former members of the 9/11 Commission recently released a new report, Today’s Rising Terrorist Threat and the Danger to the United States. Reflections on the Tenth Anniversary of the 9/11 Commission Report, (https://bipartisanpolicy.org/sites/default/files/%20BPC%209-11%20Commission.pdf) which revisited a number of the themes discussed in the 2004 document, including the FBI’s progress in evolving as an intelligence agency. This process, according to the authors, requires “a faster pace and deeper institutional change.” The role of the FBI’s intelligence analyst (IA) cadre continues to be a significant area of concern. Developing an IA workforce composed of talented individuals who continue to acquire knowledge throughout their careers is essential to the success of the FBI’s intelligence program.

• This starts with “sustained focus on recruiting high quality candidates”, a task which will become an increasing challenge, as, across the intelligence community, the surge of applicants which marked the years after 9/11 has subsided.

• Once analysts are on board, they need to see a future to which they can aspire and which provides a purpose to remain with the Bureau. This, to the Commission, means a career path for IA promotion and service in executive positions.

These changes occur within a larger organization and thus require a firm and confident managerial hand. However, the report criticized the frequent turnover of National Security Branch leadership that manages the intelligence program. The Bureau does not operate in a vacuum and its intelligence analysts can be significant participants in furthering integration with the broader IC.

The Commission members, in the new report, called on the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) to advance a variety of intergovernmental projects, including the joint duty program. Systematic FBI analytic participation in this program would contribute to mitigating the vulnerability in dividing the domestic and foreign threat pictures.

It would behoove analysts to weigh the new report against the state of affairs that the Department of Justice’s Inspector General presented in its 2005 report, The FBI’s Efforts to Hire, Train, and Retain Intelligence Analysts https://www.justice.gov/oig/reports/FBI/a0520/final.pdf. Is the Bureau closer to achieving the goals of professionalization, discussed above, than it was in 2004 (when the 9/11 Commission Report was published) or in 2005? What has worked and what remains to be done?


Press Release: Sequestration vs. National Security

Posted by FBIIAA_admin on: March 7th, 2013


March 07, 2013 10:30 AM Eastern Time (BUSINESS WIRE)

FBI Analysts Association Calls for Solution to Avoid Damaging Cuts to National Security

WASHINGTON–The FBI Intelligence Analysts Association (FBI IAA) calls on the nation’s leaders to work together to end sequestration. If it continues and furloughs go into effect, the FBI and other national security and law enforcement agencies will be hindered from protecting the American people.

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III advised Congress the cuts will require the FBI to do less in all programs, including counterterrorism, cyber attacks, foreign intelligence, and national and transnational criminal activities. Approximately 7000 fewer FBI employees will defend the nation daily, in addition to the 2275 positions—including 275 Intelligence Analysts—that will remain vacant at the end of the year. Mueller also warned, “the FBI is already operating on funding levels below the amount needed to maintain current services in 2013… [which undercuts] the investments made by Congress in previous years to transform and build the FBI's national security, intelligence, and criminal investigative capabilities … commensurate with the threats facing the Nation.”

Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper publicly stated the size and impact of these cuts on key collection and analysis programs will create “an immediate national security crisis situation,” and risk the “potential to miss the early signs of a threat.” The FBI IAA supports DNI Clapper’s statement that “the most important resource we have in the intelligence community is our people… and we simply can't separate the people from the mission."

FBI Intelligence Analysts are driven by their duty to serve and protect the American people. They serve alongside FBI Agents and other intelligence and law enforcement professionals, playing a key role in predicting, preventing, detecting, and disrupting an array of national security and criminal threats, to include: terrorism, cyber intrusion, espionage, WMD proliferation, public corruption, and organized and violent crimes. Many FBI analysts and their colleagues bring such unique and specialized expertise to their programs and regions that obstructing their daily contributions will adversely impact the FBI's ability to mitigate these threats.

About the FBI Intelligence Analysts Association

The FBI IAA serves as a strong, independent advocate for the professional interests of over 3000 FBI Intelligence Analysts and champions the FBI’s transformation into an intelligence-led organization.


FBI Intelligence Analysts Association
Rachel Davis Arda, Co-President
Phone: 1-866-768-9995
Fax: 202-330-5558


Intelligence Forum 2012

Posted by FBIIAA_admin on: June 30th, 2012

Title: Intelligence Forum 2012
Location: National Press Club, Washington, D.C.
Description: Integrating Intelligence: Knowledge, Decision & Action

Start Time: 17:00
Date: 2012-08-28
End Time: 21:00


FBI IAA Leadership Transition Announcement

Posted by FBIIAA_admin on: December 12th, 2011




The FBI IAA is pleased to announce the results of its 2012 Executive Board elections, as we successfully conclude the first leadership transition since incorporating in June 2009. Over the past several weeks, the Nomination Committee convened to collect and review candidate nominations, as well as elect the new board members.  To the Committee: the FBI IAA is deeply grateful for your time & service.

One of the IAA's top priorities for 2011 was the selection of, and transition to, new leaders from within our membership base, as many of our interim leaders were in their third year of voluntary service.  This transition marks the beginning of a new chapter for the FBI IAA… the only professional association exclusively dedicated to promoting the interests, welfare, and professional development of FBI Intelligence Professionals!  The Executive Board structure now features the creation of Headquarters and Field Co-Presidents, which is designed to ensure equitable representation of the diverse intelligence workforce needs at the association's highest level. 

The association deeply appreciates the tremendous legacy–of dedication, sacrifice, and success–that our Co-Founders and Steering Committee Members graciously bestowed upon us.  The 2012 Executive Board will continue your tradition of selfless service for our members and the enhancement of FBI intelligence. 

The 2012 FBI IAA Executive Board Members are as follows:
*Rachel L. Davis, Co-President (HQ)
*Joshua Adames, Co-President (Field)
*Daniel C. O'Donnell, Vice President
*Christine Bartolf, Secretary
*Mark Zajac, Treasurer (interim)


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