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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release April 23, 1996


Presidential Announcement on Intelligence Community Reforms

Today the President is announcing several significant reforms for the Intelligence Community that will strengthen our intelligence capabilities as we move into the 21st Century. They build on the recommendations made in the Brown Commission Report on the Roles and Capabilities of the Intelligence Community and the Director of Central Intelligence's efforts to move the Intelligence Community forward to meet new challenges.

The reforms fall into three general categories: tightening links with the policy community, increasing Intelligence Community integration and realigning intelligence resources. The President sees intelligence as a critical element of our national security and believes these reforms are crucial to strengthening our capabilities in the future. The President has authorized the following significant steps:

On the Policy Front

To Increase IC Integration

Realigning Resources

The President would like to once again extend his appreciation to Harold Brown and the Commission members for their hard work and sound recommendations. He is also grateful to Director Deutch for his stewardship of the Intelligence Community during these challenging times. These reforms, which will be accomplished through executive orders and legislation, will significantly enhance our intelligence capabilities and contribute greatly to our nation's security.

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