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discuss legislation that advance career technical education. watch "washington journal", live at 7:00 a.m. eastern on thursday morning. join the discussion. >> next, a confirmation hearing for two intelligence nominees in the trump administration. joseph maguire will be the director of the national terrorists of center. and ellen mccarthy for the secretary of state for intelligence and research. this was intelligence sharing and community resources. we begin following the opening statements and senate intelligence chair and the ranking democrat. >> would you please stand. raise your right hand. do solemnly swear to give the committee the truth, the full truth and nothing but the truth, so how big god. please be seated.
before we moved to your statements i will ask you to ask five standard questions for each nominee. they are just a simple yes or no answer for the record. to both of you agree to appear before the committee here and other venues when invited? >> yes. >> if confirmed, do you agree to send officials to your office to appear before the committee and designate staff, when invited. >> yes. >> to you agree to provide documents or other materials requested in order for us to carry out our oversight and legislative responsibilities? >> yes. >> will you ensure that your office and staff provide materials to the committee when requested? >> yes. >> you agree to inform to the
fullest extent possible all members with the intelligence activities until only the chair vice chairman. >> yes. >> i want to thank you very much for that. we'll proceed with opening statements. after which will recognize members of seniority from to five minutes of questions. the vice admiral, i will ask you to begin followed by ms. mccarthy, the vice admiral. >> chairman and members of the committee, thank you for the opportunity to appear. i like 10 miles special thanks and appreciation to the efforts of the committee staffers and many officers that have recently become very aware that there's a tremendous amount of work that goes into a confirmation hearing. i realize that all prior nominees are well known to the committee when they appear before here for their nomination. acting directors of nt see or at
the time of their responsibility with government. i'm honored to appear to introduce myself and to discuss my credentials. first, i want to take a moment to recognize my family. as he said may son and daughter-in-law, my daughter catherine in tampa and in addition i like to recognize one of my daughters from a military family, kelly mccray even is a daughter of mr. bill mccray them. when in uniform a children lived in virginia, california, massachusetts, hawaii, florida. they too have served and given must our country. my wife kathy is guided and supported me for 42 years. kathy raise our children to enter many long deployments and dedicated her life for serving the men and women of the air force us. for the years i was assigned,
kathy met every single special operator who is severely wounded when they arrived to walter reed for the naval hospital. sometimes in the middle of the night. the secretary of defense awarded kathy the department of defense metal for distinguished public service. she did this throughout her career. while i was the one in uniform, she served two. mr. chairman, i come from the community were service above self is expected. there is no greater honor than to be asked to leave. given the opportunity to return, there is no other answer, but yes. i'm honored by the trust and confidence of the president and director of national intelligence. few americans have had the privilege i've had. i want to thank you for considering my nomination to be the next director.
if confirmed, to be transparent, collaborative with this committee and members of congress. it was my distinct privilege to serve as the deputy director when it was led by doctor scott and mike. from my experience working in the inner agency i'm convinced that through a coordinated and synchronize government approach i like to the example of my friend during the raid on the osama bin laden's compound. this operation was not only an intelligence community but defense department campaign and the result of a discipline interagency process. looking back over the last 17 years, the united states working with our partners and allies made tremendous progress in her
ability to detect sophisticated terrorist attacks. we built a robust counterterrorism apparatus that has increased our ability to protect the home is your available information. however, significant challenges remain. our u.s. and allies face increasingly complex landscape that includes homegrown extremists, sunni right extremist groups another spec by iran. it's fair to say we face more threats, originating from more places, and more individuals than we have had in the last 17 years. given the threat environment i'm committed to ensure that we remain vigilant and adapt it as our adversaries are persistent. we have made great strides dismantling other terrorist organizations.
however the past 17 years have shown us that bullets and drone strikes are not sufficient to counter violent extremist organizations. to win the fight we must address the causes and conditions that inspire others. mr. chairman, i will bring all of my energy and a sense of urgency to this position. leadership experience in industry and reputation for speaking truth to power. trust, confidence with many of our current national security leaders and the ability to build a strong relationship. i'll pursue priorities of conference and i have outlined these in a written statement. i look for to discussing issues with the committee in the future. chairman and members of this committee, thank you for the opportunity. i look forward to your
questions. >> thank you. >> chairman, ranking member, members of the committee, i'm honored to appear before you today. i'm pleased to be joined with my family and husband of over 22 years who has been my biggest supporter and best friend. we're joined by our children whom i'm immensely proud. they inspire me to be a better person, better citizen, better servant. also recognize my mother-in-law, cousins, coworkers, everybody standing behind me. i thank you for your continued support. i would not be here without you. i want to recognize my colleague, the nominee for director of national counterterrorism center. a true patriot who had a distinguished career. he continues to serve today is the presidency of the operation foundation.
i'm thrilled to spend this moment with you today. i want to thank president trump, secretary pompeo for confidence and trust. if confirmed i'll be most proud to lead the women and men of the bureau that's work with the agencies and communities in support of the state department. over the last few weeks i've been asked why what i want to return to government. i am motivated by service and working hard. a passionate about the intelligence community and the role in securing this nation. if confirmed my experience and deep expertise can help the bureau of intelligence and research grow the impact on the state department. the call to serve and work ethic is embedded in my dna. my father worked to literally until the day he died. he was a brilliant lawyer his motivation was not salary, but helping people with their tax problems are teaching and
mentoring young people interested in pursuing degrees. my mother is always looking to the future and identifying things she can help. whether volunteering or serving in her local nursing home. they inspired me to start working at the age of 13. my first job was delivering newspapers, waiting tables and tending bars. self-actualization was doing a great job in making others happy. i started as a soviet submarine analyst in the cold war and learn quickly about the value of good intelligence. i will never forget the feedback i received from a mission commander when he indicated the mission was a success because of the support i have provided. that moment was cathartic in a moment i was hooked. even today want to be part of a community that informs policymakers, supports diplomats and helps them do their job better.
if confirmed, i will bring the same desire and others. when i started people were hired by one organization and there they stay. my career followed a different path. one that has provided me an understanding of the icy. that includes requirements, budget, vision and strategy. i've spent a career taken organizations to a new level. i'll refer to my statement which provides a snapshot of my accomplishments. i hope you'll see a left every organization better than i started. i am thrilled the prospect with secretary pompeo in this date department. it's a critical relation i have developed throughout my career. a place a special focus i'm growing the state department missions. the bureau of intelligence and
research is a long and proud history and providing analysis, policy coordination and analytic outreach that has guide in our foreign policy. with a unique mix it plays a role in the intelligence community. i will work hard to make sure that we recruit and retrain the highest quality and diverse staff. my first priority to provide them with tools and resources to provide values to the secretary department policymakers. i will vigorously defend the analytic process to ensure independence nonbiased analysis. i'll be vigilance and that law enforcement activities are consistent with and support our foreign policy and national security objectives. i will level the experience both inside and outside of government.
to enhance the analytic outreach efforts with focus on building the expertise and foreign policy. mr. chairman, if confirmed i will bring extensive experience across the icy and private sector. and relevant skills to the position. i will work tirelessly to ensure that inr provides the president, secretary of state and other policymakers with timely intelligence analysis. and that it supports our foreign policy and national security objectives. thank you for your consideration. >> thank you. i do not think you could get a higher level of commitment from me. was already high. but this -- got to me. i think both of you. for being here, for pursuing this request by the administration to serve your
country it will more capacity. at this time i recognize the vice chairman for questions. >> i want to echo that you both bring remarkable talent, background, and skills. i do feel it's necessary you alluded to this, that we live in challenging times. i need to both to state clearly for the record that should you be confirmed, you will make sure men and women who work for you makes leadership roles will make sure the opinions you render will be independent, not politically influenced, not guided from out white house that once one answer versus what you come up with. you both have records in this field and i want you to address this to speak truth to power.
>> vice chairman, to me if confirmed as director of national counterterrorism center and for my 36 use in uniform i think is loyalty up and down. although clearly the director of the national counterterrorism center is a political appointee nominated by the president, i don't think there's anything political about the position. in addition, as a leader of the workforce if the analysis indicates it is, i think to do otherwise color and shape the information to please other folks would be a disservice to them in the nation. i assure you if the analysis from my workforce indicates there's something that needs to be said no matter what, i promised to tell the truth and represent information and hard analysis as accurately forthcoming as we can.
i'm more than willing to speak truth to power. >> i make a promise to provide truth to power so my workforce. i have a long career working across the government from folks for many parties have taken on many positions. i'm proud to say i've always given them the truth. i started my career in naval intelligence and will never forget my first briefing to a navy captain. he wanted something i was not able to provide. that moment sealed in me the importance of providing truths to the captain who might as well have been the pope. i gave him my best analysis. i had the support of my leadership. from that moment on that is what i have provided and will continue to. >> i have confidence in both of you.
in these very strange times it's important to get that on the record. admiral, in your previous role as head of navy seals available special ops we talked about it a little bit, you will understand the importance of strong alliances. i was you have a remarkable capabilities. again, will keep america safe. you'll have to rely upon tips and information from allies and partners around the world. in normal times you would have to ask this question. the alliance with those relationships and how light of the fact that they'll be some challenges and sometime treat your allies as adversaries. but can you speak to the importance of the special
relationships in terms of this new task as director. >> being a military guy and having some experience i felt like you can have too many friends on the battlefield. with the counterterrorism battlefield we need to have our partners and allies and our allies that we've established relationships with its 92 the europeans. we only become very sensitive to this after 9/11. but with all the terrorism events they have tremendous experience in this field. but also the information and key to success is intelligence information. we must maintain the bridges and relationships both ways to be able to provide.
for the reputation to be able to build relationships. my colleagues in the intelligence community right now have very deep and broad relationships with our partners and allies. i'll capitalize that i continue to do that. i recognize that we cannot do it alone without them. to not rely on our partners would be a mistake. >> let me drill down on a technical question. you used to be head of the director of special operations planning. will you commit, we get a jurisdictional challenge but we need this in documents to performer oversight functions. we commit to work with us and to make sure that we have access to that. >> is a note it is test by the
president and works for the president and the executive officer. i'm acutely aware and will do everything in my power to make sure this committee provides oversight. i will ensure that i will provide the information necessary. >> thank you. i think both witnesses for the long-term service to our country and for keeping america safe. >> thank you chairman. it's great to have both of you for this critically important job. admiral maguire, we talked a little bit about the importance of using automation to modernize the way the nt see narrows down the information they should be looking at. what ec is the future what particular thing which you want this committee to support you
and that this is some level of artificial intelligence. >> the main thing i have heard from the workforce in my time engaging with the professionals is a challenge with the value of information that we have. as you know it's involved with other environment were literally millions of parts of information. to query it sometimes it takes longer than it needs. in addition, most of the information is biographical in nature, as we move more toward biometrics will need additional resources to insert the biometric information the biographical information can be spooked. you can have false information
but it's tough to spoof the biometrics. we need to make sure that we have things readily available that the analyst can query and receive in a very timely manner. time is of the essence. right now i think the systems we have are good. as we look to the future i think we will need support and resources for the computers. mostly, it's critically important to let the computers compute. right now there's human intervention. then there's opportunity for human air. >> the more they can analyze and we could achieve some efficiencies and manpower if we could allow the processing to do that for us. >> senator warren and i represent the two big
installations for national geospatial. we have a chance to see your work is the chief operating officer. at least for me i have had an opportunity to look at what you do or what you're capable of doing on a day-to-day basis. the job you are taking is an intersection of diplomacy and intelligence. as we look at what china is doing, the aggressive efforts of china with the technical efforts, i want to comment on whether in your opinion that is in line with a state that is trying to advance itself economically. or, does that indicate a more aggressive strategy for the part of china and the rest of the world. >> consistent with the community i believe china is a big focus
area. it should be in terms of the threats and into the future. i know should i be confirmed for this position that we will look at investing the resources necessary to address this issue from a form policy perspective. given my experience, they also have a role in geography, mapping and working in form policy. i am very excited to work with those folks and understand more of their support for the policy areas as it relates to china. and -- >> thank you. >> thank you very much. mr. mcguire, i enjoyed my time with you in the office. i have been thinking about it.
i just want you to know what i treasure about the agency. i read his intelligence. i appreciate the foreign leaving nature of some of it. and the fact that over the years that it's not necessary that all intelligence agencies agree. i got a somewhat positive and good perspective from the intelligence overall. i do not want to see that. i appreciate the independence of the agency from other agencies. you are a navy seal. i assume you are strong and independent. i hope this will become and be a strong and independent agency. >> yes. to me, i think the senate did a wonderful job and given the
authorities to the center. , look at the counterterrorism and as you say, there will be times when there could be differences with the intelligence community on opinion. if that's the case, the job is to analyze all intelligence in the make the best recommendation. if you get to a point where you have two members perhaps of various viewpoints, both needs to be presented. exists because the fbi, and the cia we give their own intelligence and the white house would need to sort it out. the job is to receive the intelligence and sorted out. i would do my utmost to do that. you can, my leadership to make
sure that differences are resolved and you have a coordinated staff presented to both the executive and legislative branch. >> thank you. i meant to ask in the office and didn't. you're on the record. i really price your products. i want you to know that. if they are slightly different for me, that's important. it gives the oversight body an opportunity to look more deeply into something. i hope you'll continue that independent tradition. i suspect you will. >> thank you to both of you ever stepping back up. it's a difficult decision because you know what you're walking into. especially going through the nomination process where they ask you to get everything in the world centered on. it is no simple thing to do.
i appreciate you working on that. i want to ask about a specific question as we look at nick who is very open with us. he was engaged with us when we ask questions. when he was leaving, he made a comment that he was concerned about analytical lanes in the role. trying to make sure that we have clear lanes in the road. everybody knows their job and does there's an also were careful where we have overlapped to solve those problems. help me understand where you're picking this up in trying to deal with analytical lanes. >> senator, i think what we need to do is take a look at redundancy. resources are very precious. if we have overlapped that needs to be addressed.
i think lanes in the road are important but different members of the intelligence committee bring a different culture to their assessment. at the national counterterrorism center we analyze and integrate. as far as the lanes of the road, i see two things. as we go forward realizing their priorities that are being rais raised. but, perhaps we part of the back burner right now. i think what we need to do is make sure we reduce redundancy, maximize resources and stay in the lane. i also think it's not a bad thing to have a co-author opinion to the committee. >> i agree. the redundancy is helpful but every time we do redundancy it means were not paying for something else that needs to be done. the balance the committee will have as you walk through and the insight we will need is that we have redundancy and will need
resources in another area. you will see those. the polite thing to say is that we have a different culture will bring a different perspective and that's helpful when you're making policy decisions. i agree that the difficult thing to do is to know that we have resources in another place. >> i have the benefit of being the resource director for the special operations command from 2001 to 2004. we identify requirements to make sure we have the appropriate resources. if confirmed i intend to get smart, take a good look at the highest priorities we have, aligning the manpower and resources to that. and look at where we can take risk. i agree that we can't afford to have redundancy and we need to make a decision.
>> you are concerned about the size, do you think there's one that needs to be larger, smaller when he going into this. >> i know there may have been criticism and how it got to be the size it is. i look at the acting director. my response to that is that the size of the force the workforces appropriately because of the tasks that we've had. when i was there in 2009 we had about 700 people at the national counterterrorism. but we are remember the one he tried to blow up the aircraft over detroit. it's about a hundred people. in addition we had other requirements for terrorist identity. with that requirement we had to replace the additional resources.
it's appropriate. if confirmed i'll get smart take a good hard look. have to make tough decisions understand we will. >> we want to help you with that. we need them to do a great job for the benefit of the entire country. we need to be as efficient as possible because every dollar we spend or waste is a dollar were not spinning somewhere else. a quick question for you. you have been a government work and stepped outside to do a think tank. now you have the disadvantage of being in the think tank and presenting those ideas. what are you bringing in that mode that comes in say that this is something i need to apply. >> i'm working for a nonprofit now. iran a think tank a few years from now. i'm actually bringing to -- i understand the areas the
intelligence and national security alliance. we brought together the public, private and economic sectors to focus on tough challenges. they were posed by the office of dni. and they would include security reform. they have a table where you can have that discussion would be beneficial as we look at the states role in analytic outreach. this supports the state department and the rest of the ic and bringing together the best in academia and the private sector. we'll also talk about big areas to affect form policy. my current position, my focus is looking at the tools and resources that can be used to help the analysts. that includes artificial intelligence and data science.
i know what we can do in terms of providing new capabilities to support her analyst. >> thank you. i too enjoyed visiting with both of you. my colleagues have been talking about the importance of speaking truth to power. the white house apparently considers when you stand up for truth that this is somehow going role. their analysis of it i considered patriotism and duty. i am pleased to meet with both of you. i want to take the travel ban and walk through with you how you would go about handling this. the executive order refers repeatedly to the dni. requires a number of assessments from the director of national intelligence. these are assessments where the
dni could look through the director of national come terrorism center for counsel. this travel ban seven times refers to the dni. how, if you are asked for your counsel, how are you going to make sure any assessment is made independent of political pressure? >> thank you for the question. that was when i * have for guidance before appeared today. i was informed by my colleagues on the national counterterrorism center that the travel ban, or regardless of the it doesn't matter what country anybody who is requesting entry into the united states is from, the process uses very. if you enter in the united states to go through a rigorous
check. asked specifically with there be any change in the process with that, they said everybody's the same. regardless of the country, if they are requesting the process is the same for everyone. to me, that's the way it has to be. we need to make sure we are deliberate and we treat everybody equally. the process is the process of its deliberate. i think it's very thorough. i don't see a reason to change that because of the travel ban. i think they've all done a very good job. >> i appreciate your statement that you want to do this by the book. this is a very politicized executive order. i'm sure will have further discussions.
i do not think executive order refers to the dni by a small cyst. i think your counsel will be asked about this. that is going to be in a highly politicized situation. you are all responsible for a database known or suspected terrorists with over a million and have people. including 16000 u.s. persons. i would be the first to say this performs useful functions and valuable intelligence as a tool. at the same time, my view of security and liberty are nuts was be mutually exclusive. if confirmed, how would you make sure that we get the valuable intelligence while not pulling innocent americans into this database. >> the national counterterrorism center in the folks who work
have a very disciplined process. that have been trained, they were closely to make sure that were adhering to the law. we also have a very good legal team that make sure that were in compliance. for the folks in there had to be a terrorism nexus. there is an annual audit and if they find something in that center that should not be, that individual or process is removed. i look at two things. my job potential of confirmed is to do everything to make sure to keep the country safe. we need to make sure we stay true to the american values and protect civil liberties in our rights. >> are asking more questions. when the cia ran the torture
program and told our ambassadors they cannot discuss it with anybody at the state department. it is inrs job to support our ambassadors and make sure to review intelligence activities included covert action. could you tell us, how will you make sure that happens. >> thank you for the question. it's a very important function is to ensure that our investors ensured know their rules and oversight. they play a very important role in concurring are not concurring with these operations. i will take that job seriously make sure they continue to provide that training. on a regular update to ensure they know everything they need in making the decisions based on risk.
>> congratulations on your nomination. admiral, it's good to visit with you yesterday. as i told you then, the fact that it comes highly recommended and work side-by-side with him for maybe 35 years, there's a lot of significance to me. i appreciate the chance to visit a little bit yesterday. you talked about your long-term service in the military. in fact to develop good relationships with others like the chief of staff. obviously, your role would be different. you'll be focus on terrorism threats as opposed to existential threats to the united states government. how do you view that in the larger context of national
security as an isolated focus, or is it somehow a continuum when you look at the range of threats confronting the united states. >> senator courtney look at it this way. i have close personal relationships with the secretary of defense, the undersecretary of defense for intelligence and others. as far as that part of the house doing the kinetic work i have close relationships. as director and for the strategic operational planning, i need to go out and make sure that i have the relationships capitalize on relationships there as well as the legislative branch. bring the whole of government to that. i think statutes give you authority. leadership is about results.
i intend to not take for granted the relationships i have but focus on renewing and building relationships with leaders in the intelligence community to make sure we have a government approach. >> before 9/11, or after 9/11, the commission documented the stovepipes that we had between law enforcement center intelligence community. and identifying security threats and sharing of information across the government. sometimes i worry because the intelligence community is so large with 17 different components and now post 9/11 with new layers of responsibility, that we are creating more bureaucracy and stovepipes within the intelligence community. are those concerns justified in
your view? >> i think you have got to be careful and mindful that people have a tendency not to share, but i think the intelligence in the act gave a good job of given the authorities to the national terrorism center. the primary organization for analyzing and integrating intelligence. acquired are actually possessed by the united states. the job of the center is not only to protected but to ensure that all stakeholders, everybody who has a need to know, whether the kinetic side of the house where the non- kinetic side has access to and receives the information. i think you must always be mindful. the lessons of 9/11 are still clear to me. i watched the twin towers go up, three weeks after a -- i saw them go down. it's very real to me. it's essential that we share within the intelligence
community, and also to the question earlier, we need to make sure that we also share with their partners and allies. you never know where the information is coming from. it's key to the success of the campaign. >> fica get both of you to respond, to you view it as part of your responsibility to develop a consensus when it comes to intelligence? rarely is intelligence -- in other words it's really for certain, that's why they say will you assess this or that. mr. mccarthy, what is your role in trying to develop consensus? or do you feel like you have to present competing points of view from different segments of the community?
>> inr has a long history of being independent actor. in providing independent analysis. many times it's been at odds, dating back to the vietnam war. the good news is that the ic is an environment where you can have the discussions. this process is in place to make sure that they things are presented whether they're in the president's daily brief worried through the national intelligence, there's always an intelligence to provide competing views. should i be confirmed, i don't believe my role will be getting consensus for the position we might take on, but certainly ensuring that it is representing in those documents shared across the icy.
>> i think that's why we're here. when i was in a leadership position, i always asked my staff i want something well staff coordinated and recommended, not give it to me and have it sorted out, as we know, we had different departments and agencies providing information to the white house and the white house had to sorted out and that didn't work so good. the obligation to make sure that there's a focus recommendation to both the executive branch into the legislative branch is want to take seriously. >> thank you mr. chairman. first, i want to thank you for your willingness to serve. i want to emphasize that you are taking on two of the most important challenges in the government. the responsibilities awesome and incredibly important. in an age of terrorism, and we are not out of the age of terrorism, intelligence is the first line of defense. if we do not know what is going to happen, it will be very
difficult to prevent. intelligence is incredibly important. on task questions that night so topical. i've been asking these for five years. the grave danger and intelligence is shading the data to meet the perceived policy needs of who is in charge. this goes back as far as we can go. i would commit to hr mcmaster's book, dereliction of duty. incredibly insightful and an account of what happened in vietnam. the failure of what happened in communication to the policymakers. so one of your strongest qualifications may also be a disadvantage. where chain of command following orders is an absolutely important part of the job.
you been trained to do that for 30 plus years. sure me that you are not going to follow orders. that you will chase intelligence where it leads. reported as it appears, and not shade information because of pressure. it may not even be overt pressure. often it is human nature to want to give the boss what they want. it does not have to be shades of the material. you have to work within your agency to counteract the human tendency to provide information pleasing to those higher up. >> senator king, i don't need a reminder about the stakes that the nation is under. i have lost friends in this fight. i realize it is real. i concur with your comment that although we have made tremendous strides, we still have
tremendous threats to the country. my job if confirmed is to make sure i provide truthful and accurate information. if not, the stakes could be that we make a decision that's incorrect and cause harm to the nation and our interests. in addition, to lead the workforce if i have a workforce that has no opinion for me to color or change the before it goes out to more senior people i think i would lose workforce. if we provided information to anybody that was not truthful, accurate and something happen but i also have to live with that. i've been to cemeteries run the country and realize that i'm here to make sure that i do to defend the nation. >> thank you. i appreciate that. i look forward to working with
you. >> the same kind of question. a great quote from one of your predecessors. the analyst at inr delight in being different and getting to the body of something and not caring what other people think. that was back in 2004. i am not sure your sufficiently current margin like. >> senator, again should i be confirmed, i think inr, that is their brand, independent analysis. they have a long and respected history of not being persuaded by those might take on positions. >> people feel like in iraq they got it better than anybody else. >> i think they did. they went through the processes to make sure the information was
shared. it's up to the policymaker. >> your last sentence of your opening statement, our activities must support our foreign policy objectives, hope you mean by providing good intelligence, not justification for objectives that somebody else has said. >> absolutely. this is to provide our foreign policy decision-makers with the truth. >> the other piece in your answers, and again ginny's badness, you mention the proximity to the secretary of state, that's good news and means you're close to policymakers. the bad news is you could be subject to the pressure, subtle, not necessarily overt, to shade the data. give me your thoughts. >> i think my predecessors have had that relationship with the
secretary and had a history of not necessarily bending to political or positions that may not be in line with what the intelligence shows. again, i believe my access to the policymakers will help me understand more about what their priorities are so i can work within inr and across the intelligence community make sure focused on these areas. proximity is more about being able to guide collections than providing them what they want to hear. . .
i think you've heard from a lot of us it's straightforward, speak truth to power and make sure you are not influenced by political. you bring remarkable records. it's the intent of the chair we do have to move these nominees hopefully out of committee next week with the committees help, and i want to thank for the planning purposes all of you that submit questions for the record after today's hearing please do so by the close of
business today. i just want to reiterate that. to both of you, thank you. i've got to tell you that i am a prolific reader. i try to do it before the day job starts. the questions that you heard on size and the amount of analysts if you are not employed, something is really bad because we have a boat load across all the agencies and when the committee looks at the landscape and sees those, we automatically respond to every agency. have you looke looked at your sd requirements, does it match? any morning i could get up and read six products on the same thing and i don't look at it and
say, but do remember the product is the product that comes out of mc tc. is that more important because you have other folks that are dicing and slicing that and if those products that find their way to my desk, to the president's desk and vice chair that influence then the policy decisions that we make? you are right, we are grateful to you. accuracy is important. if we are going to screw up let's screw up together but let's make sure that it's our intent to get it right that way whether it is any other piece of the committee, the basis with which they've analyzed the reports for the policymakers comes from credible quality foundational reporting.
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