Thursday, December 09, 2004

Spy chiefs face uncertain times

By Gordon Corera BBC Security correspondent

The reform of America's intelligence services has been a hard-fought struggle, but serious questions are now being asked: exactly how will this new structure work in practice, and will it really improve the ability of the US to defend itself?

One of the central findings of the 9/11 Commission was the lack of co-operation and communication within the country's vast intelligence community.

It is a community which contains 15 agencies, 200,000 employees and costs an estimated $40bn a year. More from the BBC

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