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DNI Coats May 'Streamline' Intelligence Community

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Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats (AP)

By    |   Thursday, 11 May 2017 05:46 PM

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told a Senate panel Thursday he is looking to "streamline" the nation's intelligence community by way of a broad review that may result in cuts.

According to Defense One, Coats spoke to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and talked about the growing number of threats facing the homeland and potentially shrinking the agencies that handle them.

"As part of the administration's goal of an effective and efficient government, we have already begun a review of the entire intelligence community, to include the office of the DNI," Coats said.

The U.S. intelligence community is comprised of 17 federal agencies. President Donald Trump has promised to cut excess spending as he tries to clean up the budget and decrease the deficit.

During his Senate testimony Thursday, Coats called homegrown terrorism "the most frequent and unpredictable terrorist threat to the United States homeland."

That echoed what Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said last month: "We've seen an unprecedented spike in homegrown terrorism. These are the cases we know about — homegrown terrorism is notoriously difficult to predict and control."

Trump has expressed doubt over some of the intelligence community's findings over the last several months.

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