The Pentagon is drawing up a plan that would give the military a more
prominent role in intelligence-collection operations that have
traditionally been the province of the Central Intelligence Agency,
including missions aimed at terrorist groups and those involved in weapons
proliferation, Defense Department officials say.

The proposal is being described by some intelligence officials as an effort
by the Pentagon to expand its role in intelligence gathering at a time when
legislation signed by President Bush on Friday sets in motion sweeping
changes in the intelligence community, including the creation of a national
intelligence director. The main purpose of that overhaul is to improve
coordination among the country’s 15 intelligence agencies, including those
controlled by the Pentagon”¦

The details of the plan remain secret and are evolving, but indications of
its scope and significance have begun to emerge in recent weeks. One part
of the overall proposal is being drafted by a team led by Lt. Gen. William
G. Boykin, a deputy under secretary of defense”¦

General Boykin, who attracted controversy last year for saying in remarks
to Christian groups that Muslims worship ”an idol” and describing the
battle against Muslim radicals as a fight against Satan, has been the prime
architect of the proposal, which has been under review at the Pentagon
since January 2004. The general reports to Stephen A. Cambone, who since
2003 has used his newly created post as under secretary of intelligence to
assert a role in which he has competed with George J. Tenet, the former
director of central intelligence, and his successors for influence over
American intelligence agencies


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