- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 25, 2012

SHAKEUP AT CIA

CIA Director David H. Petraeus recently replaced the agency’s director of support, a senior manager who also runs the agency’s massive worldwide logistics, including the security office.

The support directorate is facing sharp cuts in funding and personnel that are causing concerns among some in the agency.

According to agency sources, Mr. Petraeus, a retired Army four-star general, took the action last month and replaced John Pereira by moving him to a new training position called chief of corporate learning.

His replacement is agency veteran Sue Gordon, who has upset some people in the support directorate and security office who view her as having little experience in the very secret world of CIA security affairs.

The shake-up followed internal reviews that showed the support directorate — built up over the past decade to bolster CIA and military activities in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere — was a cash cow and that its funding and personnel could be cut as part of overall government budget trimming efforts, the sources said.

Mrs. Gordon, who officials said is married to a CIA manager, was selected for the security director post by Mr. Petraeus.

“She is wearing four stars now and apparently there is panic at the DS,” one official said of the support directorate.

CIA spokesman Preston Golson said criticism by unidentified sources is deplorable.

“The former head of support is a decorated officer who Director Petraeus has trusted with one of his highest priorities for the workforce — he is Chief of Corporate Learning,” he told Inside the Ring. “The claim that he was pushed out for mismanagement is just not true. Under his leadership, the Directorate of Support has led the charge in getting our people to difficult places around the world to defend our nation.”

Regarding Mrs. Gordon, Mr. Golson said she is “an accomplished officer with over two decades of experience leading in all four agency directorates. She is an innovative and dynamic leader, and unattributed claims to the contrary are ridiculous.”

Regarding cuts, he said: “As any American taxpayer should rightly expect, the agency is always working to increase efficiencies and savings, while completing the mission expected of us.”

Meanwhile, the sources said Mr. Petraeus was upset by several senior agency officials who did not properly keep him informed about the recent controversy over the CIA intelligence liaison with the New York Police Department (NYPD).

The agency sent one of its officers to New York in 2002 to help set up the department’s highly effective domestic intelligence unit. The senior CIA officials who were taken to task by Mr. Petraeus were described as “mandarins” — longtime senior managers — and were said to have run afoul of the director by trying to “slow roll” him regarding details of the NYPD liaison.

The Associated Press reported last week that the CIA inspector general found no wrongdoing by the agency in its intelligence work with the NYPD. However, the lack of a legal review and lack of documentation outlining the cooperation raised questions about CIA domestic spying.

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