Study: Counterterrorism center struggles

Feb. 23, 2010 at 8:10 AM

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- President Obama needs to address problems of coordination and culture clashes at the main U.S. counterterrorism center, a congressionally funded study said.

The center, created in response to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, is struggling with flawed staffing, overlapping statutes and tensions between agencies such as the State Department's counterterrorism office and the CIA, said the study by the Project on National Security Reform.

The flexible nature of terrorism calls for an agile and integrated security response not achieved at the center, The New York Times reported Tuesday after viewing the study.

Under President Obama, the study said, counterterrorism issues

have become more decentralized among various agencies, making it difficult for the counterterrorism center's planning arm to help shape security strategy.

The study called on Obama to define the nation's counterterrorism architecture to address the problems and improve coordination.

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