Great Seal of the United States National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States

Fourth public hearing of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States

Intelligence and the War on Terrorism

The Commission heard testimony from two sets of witnesses on leadership of U.S. intelligence, intelligence and national security policy, and the effectiveness of warning against transnational threats. Among the six witnesses testifying was former Secretary of Defense and Director of Central Intelligence James R. Schlesinger and former Deputy Secretary of Defense and Director of Central Intelligence, John M. Deutch.

In announcing the hearing, the Commission's Chair, Thomas H. Kean, said: "How to improve the effectiveness of the Intelligence Community against the terrorist threat is one of several areas Congress mandated our commission review. We are considering several ways of strengthening it, including the question of whether the United States should establish a Director of National Intelligence. We have invited several eminent former and current public officials to share their experience and expertise with us at this open hearing."

"We also want to know," added Vice Chair Lee H. Hamilton, "how our government prepares warnings about attacks-both as it took place before September 11th and today."

"We have invited three witnesses with extensive experience on the question of warning to visit with us on how it may be improved," Hamilton stated.

Archived Video and Transcripts

Hearing Agenda

October 14, 2003

"Intelligence and the War on Terrorism"

9:00 AM

Hearing Commences

Opening Statement from Chairman Kean

Leadership of U.S. Intelligence

(9:05) James R. Schlesinger, Chairman, MITRE Corporation, and former Director of Central Intelligence and Secretary of Defense
(10:00) John M. Deutch, Professor of Chemistry, MIT, and former Director of Central Intelligence and Deputy Secretary of Defense
11:00 AM

Intelligence and National Security Policy

James B. Steinberg, Vice President and Director of Foreign Policy Studies, The Brookings Institution, and former Deputy National Security Adviser



1:00 PM

PANEL: Warning of Transnational Threats

Richard Kerr, Former Deputy Director, Central Intelligence Agency

Mary O. McCarthy, Visiting Fellow, CSIS, and former National Intelligence Officer for Warning, Central Intelligence Agency

John Gannon, Staff Director, House Select Committee on Homeland Security

3:00 PM

Hearing Concludes. Press availability to follow.

Current News

The Commission has released its final report. [more]

The Chair and Vice Chair have released a statement regarding the Commission's closing. [more]

The Commission closed August 21, 2004. [more]

Commission Members

Thomas H. Kean

Lee H. Hamilton
Vice Chair

Richard Ben-Veniste
Fred F. Fielding
Jamie S. Gorelick
Slade Gorton
Bob Kerrey
John F. Lehman
Timothy J. Roemer
James R. Thompson

Commission Staff

Philip D. Zelikow
Executive Director

Chris Kojm
Deputy Executive Director

Daniel Marcus
General Counsel