After 9/11, United States federal law enforcement agencies began an unprecedented shift, refocusing on intelligence and surveillance abilities, rather than traditional crime-fighting. Robert Mueller, former Director of the FBI, broke down the Bureau’s transformation into a three-phase plan.
Phase 1: The immediate response to 9/11, which included the investigation, establishment of new priorities and the shift toward countering terrorism.
Phase 2: Developed enhanced intelligence capabilities, including the creation of the Directorate of Intelligence and doubled the number of intelligence analysts.
Phase 3: Institutionalizing the changes made to date by altering the command structure to meet the demands of our increased pace of operations and build the foundation for the future.
By the summer of 2006, the FBI was entering the third and final phase, looking to solidify the changes made in the first two phases. Director Mueller announced unprecedented personnel changes, not only establishing new divisions within the FBI, but filling those positions with people from outside the Bureau. This was a stark shift from the decades' long tradition of promoting from within the ranks.
On July 26, 2006, these changes were announced:
Vahid Majidi, a scientist formerly at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, would take command of the newly established weapons of mass destruction division.
Kerry E. Haynes, a former CIA director of technical collection, was picked to run a new science and technology branch.
Zalmai Azmi, once a project manager at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, was given expanded duties in his role overseeing the bureau’s computer operations.
Iranian national. He immigrated to the United States with his parents when he was 18 years old.
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|Washington, D.C.July 26, 2006||
WASHINGTON, D.C. – FBI Director Robert S. Mueller today announced structural changes to support the next phase of the FBI’s transformation efforts.
A key part of the reorganization is the creation of the Associate Deputy Director (ADD) position. Comparable to a Chief Operating Officer, the ADD will oversee the management of the FBI’s personnel, budget, administration, and infrastructure; thereby allowing the Director and Deputy Director to focus on operations, intelligence, and liaison. As the first ADD with these responsibilities, Joseph Ford will work to ensure that the FBI’s management systems, budget, and infrastructure are aligned to support the Bureau’s missions and priorities. Mr. Ford previously served as the Bureau’s Chief Financial Officer.
Director Mueller said, “The increased size of the FBI, including growth in our workforce and budget, coupled with efforts to be more strategic in our management of human capital and technology, has presented executive management with new challenges. At the same time, the FBI’s growing role in the Intelligence Community and the pace of FBI operations have increased the need for special focus on longer-term, strategic efforts. This requires the full attention of an executive at the Associate Deputy Director level. The FBI and its employees will benefit from the creation of this position and the focus Joseph Ford will provide.”
Under the new structure there are now five branches headed by Executive Assistant Directors. As announced last month, Willie Hulon now oversees the National Security Branch (NSB) composed of the Counterterrorism Division, Counterintelligence Division, and Directorate of Intelligence. Added to the NSB will be the new Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Directorate, which consolidates WMD and counterproliferation initiatives. This new Directorate will study the consequences of a WMD attack, increase our level of preparedness, and coordinate the Government’s response in the event of a WMD attack in the continental United States. The WMD Directorate will be headed by Assistant Director Vahid Majidi. Dr. Majidi comes to the FBI from the Los Alamos National Laboratory where he headed the Chemistry Division, including such strategic programs as nuclear weapons-related research and non/counter-proliferation. He previously served as Chief Science Advisor to the Department of Justice.
The Criminal Investigations Branch, headed as previously announced by Executive Assistant Director (EAD) Michael Mason, is composed of the Criminal Investigative Division, Cyber Division, Critical Incident Response Group, Office of International Operations, and the Office of Law Enforcement Coordination. Placing in one official the responsibility for criminal and cyber investigations, coordination with law enforcement, international operations, and crisis response, will ensure that the criminal programs receive strategic guidance and support, and that the FBI maintains its unparalleled level of excellence in criminal investigations.
The Human Resources Branch, headed by EAD Donald Packham (former Senior Vice President of Human Resources Americas for BP), combines the Human Resources Division and the Training and Development Division (TDD). This allows the FBI to restructure its human capital program and to focus on the FBI’s greatest assets – its people. The FBI is committed to recruiting, training, developing, and retaining people who will further the FBI’s reputation for excellence.
The Science and Technology (S&T) Branch, headed by EAD Kerry Haynes (formerly with the Central Intelligence Agency’s Directorate of Science and Technology), combines the Criminal Justice Information Services Division, Laboratory, the Operational Technology Division and the Special Technologies and Applications Section (formerly part of the Cyber Division). The S&T Branch will ensure that the FBI continues to provide exceptional service to the law enforcement community and stays on top of technical innovation and developments in the sciences to support investigative and intelligence-gathering activities.
The fifth branch is the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), headed by Zalmai Azmi. While the OCIO’s current composition will not change, its place in the larger organization will more closely align it with the components handling strategic planning, finance, security, and facilities. Given the importance of IT to the FBI’s transformation efforts, this alignment is critical.
Under the new structure, there will no longer be an EAD for Administration or an EAD for Law Enforcement Services. The ADD will have direct oversight over the Human Resource Branch, OCIO, Inspection Division Division, Facilities and Logistics Services Division, Finance Division, Records Management Division, and Security Division.
Director Mueller said, “The initial phase of our post-9/11 transformation was our immediate response to the new terrorist threat. The next phase focused on developing enhanced intelligence capabilities. Today we are aligning our organization to better support our priorities. This includes a strategic approach to human resources, IT, science and technology, facilities, and budget. This last phase is about institutionalizing the changes we have made to date, and building a foundation to support us into the future.”
Also mentioned in the announcement was Donald Packham
Prior to his employment at the FBI, Packham served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources at British Petroleum, or BP.
Since departing the Bureau, Packham has joined the Board of Directors at Jitasa, which provides accounting services exclusively to non-profit organizations. Excerpt from their website:
Donald E. Packham - Senior VP, HR, TCS Education System
Don currently oversees all aspects of HR for TCS Education System, a system of nonprofit colleges. With nearly 40 years of professional HR experience, Don has experience in talent management, organizational development, compensation and benefits, and executive support. Previously, Don served 5 years as the FBI’s executive assistant director, and 21 years with BP. Don led many HR activities in harmonizing global service delivery through multiple mergers and acquisitions.
JUN 11, 2014 PONI Breakfast with Dr. Vahid Majidi CSIS
Please join the Project on Nuclear Issues for a breakfast talk with Dr. Vahid Majidi, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Matters. Serving within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs, Dr. Majidi is responsible for all aspects of nuclear weapon surety and the management, integration, and coordination of activities relating to the acquisition and modernization of the nuclear weapons stockpile. Dr. Majidi’s office approves procedures and requirements relating to all aspects of nuclear weapon logistics and establishes procedures for review, approval, and transmittal to the Department of Energy on nuclear weapons related matters.
Before his current assignment, Dr. Majidi served as the Chief Scientist for TASC Inc. and was the Director of University Multispectral Laboratories. He has also served as the Assistant Director for the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Chemistry Division Leader at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Chief Science Advisor to the Department of Justice.
Dr. Majidi will speak about his experience in the nuclear enterprise and his thoughts on its future. The breakfast will run from 9am-10:30am on June 11 in the Second Floor ExxonMobil Room at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Please register using the link at right.
AUG 2, 2016 Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi Debacle: Arming Jihadists in Libya NATIONAL REVIEW
As U.S. armed forces attack ISIS in Libya, WikiLeaks is poised to remind us that ISIS is in Libya — indeed, that ISIS is ISIS — thanks to disastrous policies championed by Hillary Clinton as President Obama’s secretary of state. Also raised, yet again, is the specter of Mrs. Clinton’s lying to Congress and the American people — this time regarding a matter some of us have been trying for years to get answers about: What mission was so important the United States kept personnel in the jihadist hellhole of Benghazi in 2012?
Specifically, did that mission involve arming the Syrian “rebels” — including al-Qaeda and forces that became ISIS — just as, at Mrs. Clinton’s urging, our government had armed Libyan “rebels” (again, jihadists) to catastrophic effect?
It has been less than two weeks since WikiLeaks rocked the Clinton campaign on the eve of the Democratic convention by leaking hacked e-mails illuminating DNC efforts to rig the nomination chase in Clinton’s favor. Now the organization’s founder, Julian Assange, has announced that WikiLeaks is soon to publish highly sensitive government e-mails that demonstrate Hillary Clinton’s key participation in efforts to arm jihadists in Syria. Just as in Libya, where Mrs. Clinton championed the strategy of arming Islamist “rebels,” the Syrian “rebels” who ultimately received weapons included the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaeda, and ISIS.
The Daily Wire and other outlets are reporting on Assange’s comments, published by Democracy Now.Clearly, we should not take Assange’s word for what is to be gleaned from the hacked records, which he says include some 17,000 e-mails “about Libya alone.” Let’s see if he has what he says he has. But it is worth setting the stage, because what is known is outrageous and has not been given nearly enough attention — largely because Beltway Republicans were complicit in the Obama-Clinton policy of allying with Islamists, and thus have shown no interest in probing the inevitably disastrous fallout.
As I have been pointing out for years, for example, we have never gotten to the bottom of why the State Department, under Mrs. Clinton’s direction, had an installation in Benghazi, one of the world’s most dangerous places for Americans.
The Obama administration, like the Bush administration, had touted Qaddafi as a key counterterrorism ally against rabidly anti-American jihadists in eastern Libya. Nevertheless, Secretary Clinton led the policy shift in which our government changed sides in Libya — shifting support to the Muslim Brotherhood and its allies, just as Mrs. Clinton had urged shifting U.S. support to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. In Libya, this included arming “rebels,” who naturally included a heavy concentration of jihadists.
As I’ve recounted, to topple Qaddafi on behalf of the Islamists, the Obama administration — which did not seek congressional authorization for its offensive war (and preposterously maintained that bombing another country’s government was not really “war” anyway) — had to flout a United Nations resolution. The U.N. had agreed only to military operations for the purpose of protecting civilians, not offensive operations against the regime. Besides arming jihadists, the administration took no meaningful steps to make sure that Qaddafi’s military arsenals did not fall into terrorist hands. The regime was toppled and Qaddafi was brutally murdered — prompting Secretary Clinton’s bizarrely giddy quip, “We came, we saw, he died.” As some of us not-so-giddy types had warned would happen, Libya then became a safe haven for terrorists who turned on the American and Western forces that had cleared the path for them.
In small compass, this is the story of J. Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador killed in the Benghazi massacre. As Business Insider’s Michael B. Kelleyrecounts, before becoming ambassador, Stevens was the Obama administration’s official liaison to Qaddafi’s Islamist opposition in Libya, including its al-Qaeda-linked groups. The latter included the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG). Stevens worked directly with a top LIFG leader, Abdelhakim Belhadj.
When the Qaddafi regime was ousted, Belhadj took control of the Tripoli Military Council. In 2011, Belhadj met with anti-Assad “rebels” in Turkey to plan weapons shipments from Libya to Syria. As Mr. Kelley explains, in September 2012 the Times of Londonreported that “a Libyan ship ‘carrying the largest consignment of weapons for Syria . . . has docked in Turkey.’” According to that report:
Fox News subsequently reportedthat the ship, a Libyan-flagged vessel, Al-Entisar (The Victory), docked in the Turkish port of Iskenderun, only 35 miles from the Syrian border, on September 6, 2012. That was just five days before jihadists conducted the patently coordinated terrorist attack on the mysterious State Department and CIA compounds in Benghazi, killing four Americans including Stevens — who had been promoted to ambassador in May.
It is incontestable that the Obama administration has worked closely with the Islamist government of Turkey in efforts to arm and train “rebels” in Syria. Stevens’s last meeting on the night of September 11, 2012, right before the State Department’s Benghazi compound was attacked, was with Turkey’s consul general, Ali Sait Akin.
In the months leading up to the attack on the State Department facility, and on the even more shadowy CIA outpost a little over a mile away, jihadists in eastern Libyaconducted a series of attacks against Western targets — including, on June 6, 2012, a bomb detonated just outside the State Department compound. The British government and the International Red Cross pulled their personnel out; yet the Obama administration left U.S. government personnel in, despite grossly inadequate security precautions.
Why? I believe that one significant mission was the coordination of weapons transfers from Libya to Syrian jihadists.
Vahid Majidi | DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE | MAY 11, 2017
From 2006 to 2012, Dr. Vahid Majidi served as the Assistant Director for the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Directorate at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. His Directorate was responsible for coordinating and managing FBI's equities, activities, and investigations involving WMD. Specifically, the Directorate was charged with developing and executing an integrated approach to deny access to WMD materials and technologies, prevent WMD attacks, and respond to WMD threats and incidents.
Dr. Vahid Majidi became the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Matters in December 2013. In this position, he is responsible for all aspects of nuclear weapon surety and the management, integration, and coordination of activities relating to the acquisition and modernization of the nuclear weapons stockpile. His office approves procedures and requirements relating to all facets of the nuclear weapons logistics and establishes procedures for review, approval, and transmittal to the Department of Energy on nuclear weapons matters.
Just prior to joining the Department of Defense, Dr. Majidi served as the Chief Scientist for TASC Inc., and was the Director of University Multispectral Laboratories. His work focused on national security, homeland security, and issues concerning advanced technologies.
Weapons of Mass Destruction | FBI | MAY 19, 2017
In July 2006, the FBI created the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Directorate to build a cohesive and coordinated approach to incidents involving chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear (CBRN) material—with an overriding focus on prevention. The WMD Directorate proactively seeks out and relies on intelligence to drive preparedness, countermeasures, and investigations designed to keep WMD threats from becoming reality.
The WMD Directorate exists to ensure the FBI and partners are prepared to anticipate, mitigate, disrupt, or respond to WMD threats. With the continued evolution of the WMD threat and the possibility of an overseas origin or nexus, the Directorate advances WMD prevention activities by supporting international WMD capacity building, developing plans and policies at strategic and operational levels, developing partnerships, training, and conducting outreach endeavors. By improving WMD security on a global level, the Directorate protects U.S. interests abroad and keeps WMD threats outside our borders.
Vahid Majidi | IRANIAN OF THE DAY | AUG 23, 2008
Dr. Majidi was appointed by Director Mueller to serve as the Assistant Director for the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate. Dr. Majidi comes to FBI from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), where he served as the Chemistry Division Leader. The Chemistry Division at LANL is a premier scientific organization with extensive research capabilities essential to national security and civilian research programs. Chemistry Division’s strategic programs included nuclear weapons-related research, non/counter-proliferation, homeland security, isotope science, applied energy, and nanoscale science and engineering
FBI: 100 Percent Chance of WMD Attack | NEWSMAX | FEB 14, 2011
The probability that the U.S. will be hit with a weapons of mass destruction attack at some point is 100 percent, Dr. Vahid Majidi, the FBI’s assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate, tells Newsmax.
Libya and weapons of mass destruction | WIKIPEDIA
Libya acceded to the Chemical Weapons Convention effective 5 February 2004 and began destroying its chemical munitions later that year, but missed the deadlines for converting one chemical weapons production facility to peaceful use and for destroying its stockpile of mustard agent. In October 2014, Libya asked for foreign assistance to transport its 850 tonnes stockpile of precursor chemicals for making nerve gas out of Libya for destruction. In February 2015, Libyan military sources told media that unidentified armed men have captured large amounts of Libya’s chemical weapons, including mustard gas and sarin.
The chemical weapons program was also actively maintained by Libya under the dictatorship of Muammar Gaddafi, but it was ostensibly decommissioned in the 2000s and early 2010s as Gaddafi sought to normalise relations with the Western world. Libya joined the Chemical Weapons Convention in 2004, and declared 24.7 metric tonnes of mustard gas, 1390 metric tonnes of chemical precursors for making sarin, as well as 3563 unloaded chemical weapon munitions(aerial bombs).
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) supervised the destruction of Libya's chemical weapons caches through February 2011, when it was forced to suspend its operations due to the uprising against Gaddafi and the resulting deterioration of the country's stability. At this point the Libyan government had destroyed 40% of its precursor materials and 55% of its mustard gas, as well as 3500 chemical weapon munitions.
The Libyan Conflict began in 2011. The "Civil War" is a myth. This conflict is 100% a CIA/Western backed coup with the majority of the fighting being done by foreign mercenaries. One key indicator that the NATO mission was NOT to help the Libyan people is the fact that one of the first NATO targets was the man made rivers which supplied most Libyans with their drinking water.
Libya had a vast chemical weapons program, and arsenals/facilities with hundreds and even thousands of tons chemical weapons and chemical weapons precursors. We have known that for years. Everyone in the intelligence community knew what would happen if the legitimate Libyan government was toppled.
Just as predicted, chaos engulfed the region, and now, several warring factions are fighting for control of Libya's resources. Not only did Gadhafi have a vast arsenal of chemical weapons, but of conventional weapons also. We know as a matter of fact that 'rebels' acquired many of these. It is no different with the chemical weapons. Many of these simply vanished. It also turned out that they had more than we were aware of. As late as 2016, there were stories written about the chemical weapons stockpiles that still remained in the country. One such story was written by Greg Jaffe, and in it, he detailed a facility that had 500 tons of toxic, dual use chemicals, that were yet to be destroyed/removed. The facility was being guarded by Libyans.
Libya: Chemical Weapons Secure According To U.N. Watchdog | WASHINGTON POST | SEP 7, 2011
THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Libya's remaining chemical weapon stockpiles are believed to be secure despite the turmoil that has roiled the country since February, the chief of a U.N. watchdog said Wednesday. Ahmet Uzumcu, director general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, said his inspectors are ready to return to Libya to oversee the destruction of Moammar Gadhafi's poison gas supplies "when the conditions will allow us." The organization had inspectors in Libya up until February verifying the destruction process but left as the anti-Gadhafi rebellion gathered intensity.
However, Uzumcu said Wednesday he had heard from sources that "remaining stockpiles of chemical weapons are secured." He did not identify the sources. "Once the circumstances will permit, we hope the destruction (of the supplies) will resume," he said.
In 2004, Gadhafi agreed to dismantle his weapons of mass destruction, and his regime underscored its commitment by using bulldozers to crush 3,300 unloaded aerial bombs that could have been used to deliver chemical weapons. Libya destroyed nearly 13.5 metric tons (15 tons) of sulfur mustard last year, about 54 percent of its stockpile. It received an extension to eliminate the rest by May 15, the organization said. Nearly 40 percent of the chemicals used to make sulfur mustard also have been destroyed since 2005, it said. Twice-yearly inspections have found no evidence of Libya reviving the chemical weapons program.
Security Incidents Prior to the Benghazi Attack | CBS NEWS | MAY 13, 2013
Before death, Amb. Stevens warned of "violent" Libya landscape | CNS NEWS | OCT 20, 2012
(CBS News) In the weeks before his death, U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens sent the State Department several requests for increased security for diplomats in Libya. Stevens and three other Americans were killed in a terror attack this past Sept. 11 at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi and a separate attack that same night on a safe house where consulate staff had been evacuated. Steven's memos to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is investigating attacks, show he personally pressed for strengthened security.
On July 9, 2012, Stevens sent a "request for extension of tour of duty (TDY) personnel." That refers to a 16-man military temporary security team with expertise in counter terrorism. They were set to leave in August, but Stevens asked to keep them "thru mid-September."
On August 2, six weeks before he died, Stevens requested "protective detail bodyguard potions," saying the added guards "will fill the vacuum of security personnel currently at post who will be leaving with the next month and will not be replaced." He called "the security condition in Libya ... unpredictable, volatile and violent." It's not known what happened to that request.
On August 8, as the special security teams left Libya, another cable from Stevens says "a series of violent incidents has dominated the political landscape" and calls them "targeted and discriminate attacks."
Then on September 11 -- the day the Ambassador lost his life -- he sent this Benghazi weekly report. It expressed Libyans' "growing frustration with police and security forces who were too weak to keep the country secure." Colonel Andrew Wood led the U.S. military team that left Libya in August. He testified before Congress last week. He told CBS News that Stevens fought losing another security team.
"It was quite a degree of frustration on their part," Wood said. "They were -- I guess you could say -- clenched-fist over the whole issue."
Friday, the State Department told CBS News an independent board is conducting a thorough review of the assault, and once they have the result, they can fully address the questions.
In August of 2012, less than one month before the attack on Benghazi, Majidi said "the WMD Directorate was established to coordinate all elements of the FBI that deal with WMD cases. When FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III hired him in 2006 to head the WMD Directorate, he said to Majidi, “Your mission is prevention. I want you to think 24/7 prevention.”"