The intelligence enterprise has undergone exponential growth and has become unmanageable with overlapping authorities and a heavily outsourced contractor workforce.
The IC and the DoD have wasted significant time and resources, especially in the areas of counterterrorism and counterintelligence.
The intelligence enterprise has taken its eyes off its post-9/11 mission and is spending its energy on competitive and redundant programs.
I can't imagine that they're in much of a panic. Now they can persuade people that the "reforms" that will surely be put into place were a "victory for the people" — when, in fact, any "reforms" will be no more than the "better totalitarian security state"
Also see, Former NSA executive Thomas A. Drake may pay high price for media leak
And The Real U.S. Government
Tim Shorrock Asks Why It Took the Washington Post So Long to Investigate the US Intelligence System:
The fed-up citizens of East Germany stormed the archives and dumped the files of the Stasi secret police onto the street. In America, we have a better system. One that works. It's called waiting for Godot. ...