But the DNI was never required.
Your original point was:Not relevant to my point.
Since the DNI shall now ensure, but was not previously required, the language was not "toned down", but places a greater burden on the DNI. (This was my original point.)as well as toned down the language from "require" to "ensure".
Hence,DNI cannot require anything from any government entities or components outside his line organization not ranked below him unless specifically authorized by the code of law. DoD is outside his/her line organization.
But also this "code of law":The Director of National Intelligence, in coordination with the Secretary of Defense, shall ensure
Sec. 102A. [50 U.S.C. §403-1]
(a) Access to Intelligence.—Unless otherwise directed by the President, the Director of National Intelligence shall have access to all national intelligence and intelligence related to the national security which is collected by any Federal department, agency, or other entity, except as otherwise provided by law or, as appropriate, under guidelines agreed upon by the Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence. [...]
(f) Tasking and Other Authorities.—
(1)(A) The Director of National Intelligence shall—
(i) establish objectives, priorities, and guidance for the intelligence community to ensure timely and effective collection, processing, analysis, and dissemination (including access by users to collected data consistent with applicable law and, as appropriate, the guidelines referred to in subsection (b) and analytic products generated by or within the intelligence community) of national intelligence; [...]
(g) Intelligence Information Sharing.—
(1) The Director of National Intelligence shall have principal authority to ensure maximum availability of and access to intelligence information within the intelligence community consistent with national security requirements. [...]
This boils down to the authority to require certain information to be shared.
Also, § 3373a still applies.