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16 April 1984 


MEMORANDUM FOR: Director of Central Intelligence 

FROM: 

Special Assistant/Office of the DDO 
SUBJECT: Operational Check List 


STAT 


1. Our task force met this morning to review the draft I 
prepared last week and the material you enclosed with your 
note. We made some minor revisions to the check list to round 
it out and to accurately and completely reflect the key themes 
in the suggestions made by the employees. We felt that the DI 
and the DS&T were under-represented in the draft, but that now 
has been corrected. 

2. You ma y be interest ed to know that our DI 

representative, has been appointed chairman of a 

task force to follow up on DI action items and further 
recommendations being made within the DI as part of the follow 
up process. 

3. Please let me know if you would like us to do anything 
further on the check list. I also am very interested in how 
you plan to convey it to the work force. 


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PURPOSE 


Protect the United States, through the provision of 
ample warning, from surprise armed attack (from 
terrorist bombing to nuclear war). 

Collect, analyze and appropriately disseminate Foreign 
Intelligence in support of National interests related 
to the full range of threats around the world to U. S. 
interests and to U. S. relations with other 
governments . 

Engage in authorized special activities in support of 
U. S. foreign policy objectives and combat anti-U. S. 
activities by hostile foreign powers. 

ORGANIZATION 

Keep our energy and our resources focused on the 
Agency's mission. 

Organize to adapt to fast— moving situations; ensure 
quick reaction when needed; be able to redirect 
resources quickly and effectively to respond to crisis 
conditions. 

Develop a workforce with multiple skills which can be 
redeployed quickly as issues or crises arise. 

Strive to minimize management layering. 

Keep abreast of state-of-the-art collection', 
processing, analysis, and production techniques and 
make them available to do our job. 

ETHICS 

Set high standards of patriotism and respect for the 
laws and Constitution of the United States. Protect 
the lives and identities of our sources and assets, 
most of whom are not protected by U. S. law, and are 
violating the laws of their nations. 

Recognize in our corporate affairs the absolute 
primacy of national loyalty and personal values over 
personal loyalties and the desire for personal gain. 

Recognize that loyalty and values are worthless 
without the courage to act in their light. 


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Strive for fairness and a generosity of spirit in our 
internal affairs. 


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Continue to stress security, both individually and 
technologically. Consider the security investmeat as 
a proportionate part of the human and technological 
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Demand prudent use of government funds. 

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Resolve actual and potential conf licts-of-interest . 



PEOPLE 


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Hire the best, and expect the best in performance, 
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Recognize that some experimenters, risk takers, free 

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Make the Agency an attractive place to work for the 
highly capable people we want. 

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Give individuals responsibility throughout their 
careers and hold them accountable for it; people 
mature best, find career satisfaction, build self 
confidence, and work hard to advance when they are 
given real responsibilities. 


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Give individuals freedom to act and take risks, 
recognizing there will be some failures. 


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Stress cooperation and teamwork as key factors in 
individual and organizational performance. 


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Continually strive for equity in performance 
evaluation systems and communicate it to the employees. 

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Pay the staff in accordance with their skills and 
contributions. Specifically reward exceptional 

Performance appropriately, as it occurs, particularly 
of those who have accepted major responsibility. 


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Individually and corporately invest in a strong and 
well managed, career-long, educational program, and 
tailor it to each individual. 


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Give those whose skills have been diminished in value 
by professional and technological advances a chance to 
find renewed value through an educational investment. 

Maintain a sense of humor and encourage the same amonq 
your people. 

Use the DCI's special authorities to establish 
personnel systems responsive to the nature of the 
Agency. Pursue this course with consistency. 

MANAGEMENT 

Delegate responsibility to the lowest possible level. 

Set goals, define tasks, establish plans, and monitor 
and measure progress. 

Be accountable and demand accountability. 

Display confidence in people. Take some risks by 
trusting your people to do their jobs. Minimize 
second-guessing . 

Foster participation and a sense of belonging to the 
Agency family. " 

Devote time to expanding an individual's ability to 
contribute. 

Never let a pressure towards mediocrity develop. Do 
not make, or let others make, people who do more look 
fooJ.i.sh; — reward the outstanding employee. 

MEASURE OF RESULTS 

Measure the impact of our product on policy decisions. 

Continually assess our ability to meet customer needs. 

Be alert to the barometer of demands for more 
intelligence and the esteem in which CIA is held by 
consumers and the Community. 

Analyze failure as well as success. Learn from 
mistakes . 


Ask employees and consumers what they think. 
Communicate. 


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STANDARDS 


o Produce finished intelligence that is objective and 
free of political bias. The product must be timely, 
relevant and accurate. 

o Strive for excellence by staying insatiable for 
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o Strive to be the best service in a world with other 
very good intelligence services. 

o Do not be content to rest on laurels, no matter how 
well earned. 

o Believe in innovation - be willing to take some 
failures in stride. 

o Know which pieces of the past to honor and preserve 
while moving into the future. 


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