Morale Bottoms Out at the CIA
Posted on May 8, 2006
Both Newsweek and The New York Times report that morale at the CIA is at an all-time low.
May 15, 2006 issue - If there was one government agency that needed to improve after 9/11, it was the CIA. Apparently, however, the spy agency has only weakened. Forced out last week as CIA director, Porter Goss leaves an outfit that has far more resources than it did five years ago, but still seems to be struggling with low morale and turf battles. Emblematic of the CIA’s woes is its number-three man, Executive Director Kyle (Dusty) Foggo. His story is a depressing tale of reform gone awry.
After 9/11 and the intelligence fiasco over Iraqi WMD, the CIA bureaucracy was thought to be leaky and rebellious by many White House officials. A former junior case officer at the CIA who had become chairman of the House intelligence committee, Goss replaced an embattled George Tenet two years ago. His first move was to bring in several of his top Hill aides to clean house. They quickly became known as the Gosslings by resentful agency staffers. Foggo was an old CIA hand, but not a member of the elite Clandestine Service running foreign agents. Rather, he was a logistics expert well known to junketing congressmen who visited Frankfurt, Germany, where Foggo was based.
Morale problems are dogging the nation’s top spy agency.