Oil and Water
Change in the name of efficiency is certainly an admirable goal, though the language of MBAs doesn’t always translate well in the world of intelligence.
The Energy Department is downgrading its counterintelligence unit in what officials say is a “hostile takeover” by the intelligence office. […]
“This [consolidation] is ostensibly for better efficiencies,” said one official who opposes the move. “But counterintelligence will be less effective and less of a defensive program.”
A merge in the name of information-sharing sounds suspect to me, since by the very nature of the work CI isn’t going to be sharing much of anything with straight-leg intel. As to questions of efficiency, find me the CI shop that is anything but a token force and I’ll show you a shop that might actually see some benefit in merging overhead functions.