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CIA Director John Brennan's biggest concern the past few years hasn't been Russian hacking, or even the wars in the Middle East, but what he calls "modernization" of the agency. In an effort to improve performance of this notoriously siloed organization, Brennan moved to fuse operations (the agency's vaunted spies) and analysis (its less glamorous but no less essential sifters of information).Inside the CIA, with its fiercely guarded fiefdoms, it exploded like a grenade. The Brennan modernization triggered a mini-rebellion from some colleagues who thought he was destroying the CIA's clandestine culture. Even as President-elect Donald Trump has likened the intelligence community to "Nazi Germany" and blasted Brennan himself as "Not good!" and a possible purveyor of "Fake News," the fate of Brennan's modernization has been a topic of intense interest in the corridors of Langley.The CIA needs to be leaner, flatter and more able to operate secretly; some of Brennan's reforms instead created a more complicated and confusing organization chart.Brennan was personally scarred by this culture.Brennan, by stubborn force of will, may have changed the agency more than any of his predecessors.
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