Early riser Gates wants to wake up the CIA

November 12, 1991|By Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON -- A dawn has arrived at the Central Intelligence Agency.

As Robert M. Gates takes the helm after a bitter six-month confirmation battle, crews who clean offices at the agency's Langley, Va., headquarters have been told to finish their work early because the new boss often arrives before sunrise.

Gates was to be sworn in today in the CIA's auditorium by Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. President Bush was to deliver remarks, officials said.

There will be no pause for old wounds to heal while Gates, a 25-year veteran of the agency who is returning after three years at the White House, learns his way around. From all indications, the pace of change will accelerate after months of uncertainty over Gates' nomination.

He said in his confirmation hearings that change in the U.S. intelligence community was inevitable and that "It must come and come quickly." He said that one of his first acts as director would be to convene a panel to review U.S intelligence needs for the next 15 years.

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