This is an interesting and thoughtful article, published two years ago, on what the author believes are systemic problems facing the FBI today. Our colleague, Dan Mulvenna, sent it to me 3 week ago and I thought it might be of interest to you.
The author, Darren E. Tromblay, according to a short bio I found, has served as an intelligence analyst with the U.S. government for more than a decade. A graduate of the University of California, he holds an M.A. from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, and an M.S. from the National Intelligence University. I have not yet discovered the agencies in the Intelligence Community where he served as an analyst.
Tromblay identifies two major faults that he believes have compromised the FBI’s development and ability to be effective in its required role of protecting our national security. Those folds are first, having no formal charter and second that the Bureau’s conceptualization of national security is not kept pace with the current threats and national requirements.
The author is persuasive in arguing his position but I cannot see evidence that he has served in the Bureau and understands the culture in ways that only an experienced employee could. At one point he does identify a glaring problem which I saw during my 21 years of Bureau service: a willingness on the part of senior FBI managers to transfer special agents who have gained experience in one of the three major fields (criminal investigations, counterintelligence investigations and operations, and counterterrorism operations) from their area of expertise into another of the fields based upon “needs of the Bureau.”
I would be interested in any comments you have on the article and if you would be willing to allow me to share them with our colleagues.
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