Pre-empting a Spy Chief?

John Negroponte is already facing turf battles in the U.S. intelligence community

John Negroponte, the President's pick for the first Director of National Intelligence (DNI), hasn't even been confirmed for the job yet, but he is already facing serious turf battles in the U.S. intelligence community. One sign of trouble on the horizon: the Defense Department's intelligence chief, Stephen Cambone, is having aides draft a previously undisclosed "charter" for his office that would consolidate his power as the DNI's main point of contact for the Pentagon's myriad intelligence agencies, which consume some 80% of the estimated $40 billion U.S. intelligence budget. The detailed charter appears to extend Cambone's authority over such Pentagon intel...

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