Acting DNI Grenell Announces ODNI Organizational Changes

Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell has announced several organizational changes to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

These reforms aim to save government resources, enhance support to ODNI’s Defense Department partners and customers, strengthen the intelligence community’s cyber posture and improve mission management and outreach.

ODNI’s Directorate of National Security Partnerships will sunset, and its national intelligence management and partnership functions will transfer to existing DNI organizations. This change reunites all of ODNI’s mission management functions in a single organization and folds ODNI’s partnership organization into the strategic communications and information-sharing groups.

This moves ODNI from four directorates to three, reducing manpower and management overhead.

In addition, Grenell announced the establishment of a DNI adviser for military affairs. The existing NSP flag officer position will transition into this new role, serving as the DNI’s principal adviser on military affairs and as a liaison to DOD.

This position unifies ODNI efforts on behalf of DOD and better enables ODNI to meet the needs of its warfighting partners, Grenell announced.

Finally, four previously separate ODNI organizations will be combined into a single IC cyber executive. This position will provide a single ODNI focal point for the cyber mission, strengthening the IC’s cyber posture to better defend U.S. national security interests.

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