It would probably suplement the NSA, CIA and FBI like a bridge between them.
President Bush ordered the FBI to create a new National Security Service that will consolidate its counterterrorism and intelligence divisions.
The new FBI division will be responsible for collecting, processing, analyzing and disseminating national security intelligence in the FBI. Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte must sign off on the head of the service and will have control over its budget and coordination.
The new security division, the National Security Service, to be headed by a senior F.B.I. official, would include the bureau's counterterrorism and counterintelligence divisions, as well as its intelligence directorate, and that all would be "subject to the coordination and budget powers" of the new intelligence chief.
The change ordered by Mr. Bush will create a new, semi-autonomous service within a service, headed by a chief who will report both to Mr. Negroponte and the F.B.I. director, Robert S. Mueller.
While Mr. Negroponte would have control over the F.B.I.'s intelligence budget, [Attorney General] Gonzales said that intelligence officials "are not going to be directing law enforcement."
Other steps include the designation of new mission managers under Mr. Negroponte who will provide leadership on intelligence strategies aimed at high-profile targets, including Iran and North Korea. Another move will establish a center at the C.I.A. that will focus for the first time on the collection of open-source intelligence, a move that General Hayden said might ultimately reduce the need to steal secrets.
The White House also called for the creation of a National Counter Proliferation Center under Mr. Negroponte, to operate in parallel with the new National Counter Terrorism Center. The counterproliferation center would coordinate the government's collection and analysis of intelligence on nuclear, biological and chemical weapons, leading a task now scattered among many national security agencies.
[CIA director] Porter J. Goss, is subordinate to [DNI director] Negroponte.
The C.I.A. maintains its pre-eminence on issues related to human spying and covert operations.
The White House plan will leave the C.I.A. as the coordinator for human intelligence operations and create a new post there to try to head off conflicts between the agency and the Pentagon and the F.B.I., whose more aggressive human spying operations have begun to encroach on the C.I.A.'s traditional turf. The plan stopped short of embracing the commission's recommendation to create a human intelligence directorate, a step that C.I.A. officials had feared would undermine the authority of the agency's directorate of operations.