Doug Bedell — August 19, 2010, 10:27 pm

Getting Focused (Moreso) on Dangerous Weapons

“We must constantly strive for new ways to work across directorates…,” CIA Director Leon E. Panetta said in announcing that some of the nations’s most obscure, but critical agencies, will be working closer together to prevent the spread of dangerous weapons and technology.

It may not mean much to Joe Citizen that the Counterproliferation Division of the National Clandestine Service (NCS) and elements of the Weapons Intelligence, Nonproliferation & Arms Control Center (WINPAC) will combine into a new CIA Counterproliferation Center (CPC). He’s never heard of any of them.

But a tighter focus on preventing the spread of truly heinous weapons can’t hurt, may actually help, and we’re obviously for every gain that can be made in this area.

“…Our greaest achievements as an agency,” Director Panetta continued, “are the product of close collaboration among operations offers, analysts, targeters, technical specialists and support officers.”

Collaboration’s cool, especially when its aimed at advancing effectiveness in this crucial area of national security.

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