“I have stated time and again that the Intelligence Community is not diverse enough to do its job of stealing and analyzing foreign countries’ secrets. Diversity is a mission imperative,” Hastings asserted. “We need people who blend in, speak the language, and understand the cultures in the countries that we are targeting.”
“It is time for the Intelligence Community to get serious about improving diversity for the sake of our national security,” further noted Hastings. “Diversity means hiring. Hiring more Arab-Americans. It means hiring more Iranian-Americans, more Pakistani-Americans, more Chinese-Americans, and more Korean-Americans. If the Intelligence Community is to succeed in its global mission, it must have a global face.”
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings is Vice Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, a senior member of the House Rules Committee, and Co-Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission.
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