10. Memorandum From Andrew W. Marshall of the National Security Council Staff to the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Kissinger)1
- Colby’s Proposed Replacement for the Present Board and Office of National Estimates
Attached at Tab A is a memorandum describing the tasks of the new National Intelligence Officers. I believe this change is basically [Page 16]good. There is also under consideration a parallel reorganization of the USIB Committee structure.
The intelligence community is primarily organized by function:
- —By type of collection, e.g., Comint, photographic, human.
- —By type of product, e.g., current intelligence, order of battle, national estimates.
The organization of the National Intelligence Officers on a geographic or topic basis should help the DCI to coordinate the collection and analysis efforts now organized by function. The NIO’s will resemble product or project managers in industry. They will have unclear lines of authority over other organizations, a demanding task of coordination, and a need to rely on personal influence. Industry has normally chosen its more aggressive managers for such tasks. My concern is that the implementation of Colby’s plan may falter on this point. The people chosen may see the job as primarily producing NIE’s, etc., rather than making sure there is a community-wide collection and analysis strategy for delivering improved products in their area.
I am doing what I can to make sure that the implementation is effective and tries to do more than just be another way of producing the NIE’s.
- Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Agency Files, Box 209, CIA, Vol. VI, 1973 [1 of 2]. Confidential. Sent for information. An attached undated handwritten note from Scowcroft to Kissinger reads: “Here is Andy Marshall’s analysis of Colby’s reorganization proposals. Pretty thin, but I guess we can assume Colby knows what he is doing. Even change for change sake in this case might be good for the product.”↩
- Printed from a copy with this typed signature.↩