Home Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., declared variety the best nationwide energy of the U.S. on Thursday and lamented that the intelligence neighborhood (IC) usually introduced White males to testify earlier than his committee.
“I stay involved about insufficient progress in recruiting and retaining people of various backgrounds within the core IC assortment and evaluation missions,” he mentioned throughout a listening to on variety.
“For example, I am unable to assist however discover that almost all of IC briefers, although uniformly glorious, who seem earlier than the committee are sometimes White and male.”
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His feedback got here amid an uproar over the affect of variety coaching on the army and IC. Rating member Devin Nunes, R-Calif., frightened in his opening assertion that variety efforts may distract from crucial capabilities of the IC.
Schiff, in the meantime, argued that variety was necessary for addressing evolving nationwide safety challenges.
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“Put merely, our variety is our biggest nationwide energy. And it’s a energy we have to leverage in assist of the mission of the [IC],” he mentioned.
“For too lengthy, the IC workforce has not mirrored the various skills and backgrounds discovered throughout the nation. And with out top-caliber officers drawn from all cultures, all communities, and all backgrounds, we danger undermining the capability of the IC to maintain tempo with the evolving nationwide safety challenges the US will face in coming years.”