INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY AND INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE REFORM - The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) is undertaking a number of initiatives to adjust the Committee’s work away from the counterterrorism focus of the last twenty years and toward strategic collection and analysis that focuses on great-power competition with China and Russia. Essential to modernizing the Committee’s oversight of the intelligence community (IC) is deconfliction and partnership across the eighteen IC components, connecting intelligence received by the Committee to key decision-makers in Congress and synchronizing intelligence funding and oversight with policymakers across the US government. HPSCI, as well as the entire Congress, must exercise its authority to conduct oversight of the IC and employ its legislative and budgetary tools to make certain all elements of IC are fully resourced, have appropriate authorities, and are fulfilling their statutory role to identify and counter the threats posed by US adversaries. Additionally, HPSCI must ensure that it appropriately coordinates with other relevant committees, including the House Armed Services Committee, Foreign Relations Committee, and House Homeland Security Committee, to further streamline efforts to meet broad US foreign policy objectives. On October 4, we discussed these priorities.
The event was moderated by Ranking Member Michael Turner, as well as an expert panel including The Hon. Kari A. Bingen, Senior Fellow and Director, Aerospace Security Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies and Former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security; The Hon. Jane Harman, Distinguished Fellow and President Emerita, Wilson Center and Former Ranking Member, US House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; Dr. Matthew Kroenig, Director of Studies and Acting Director, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, Atlantic Council; and The Hon. Glenn Nye, President & CEO, Center for the Study of the Presidency & Congress and Former Member, US House Armed Services Committee.
ORIGINAL AIRDATE: 10/4/22