Enemies of Intelligence: Knowledge and Power in American National Security

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Combining study with experience, Richard K. Betts draws on three decades of work within the U.S. intelligence community to illuminate the paradoxes and problems that frustrate the intelligence process. Unlike America's efforts to improve its defenses against natural disasters, strengthening its strategic assessment capabilities means outwitting crafty enemies who operate beyond U.S. borders. It also requires looking within to the organizational and political dynamics of collecting information and determining its ...
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Overview

Combining study with experience, Richard K. Betts draws on three decades of work within the U.S. intelligence community to illuminate the paradoxes and problems that frustrate the intelligence process. Unlike America's efforts to improve its defenses against natural disasters, strengthening its strategic assessment capabilities means outwitting crafty enemies who operate beyond U.S. borders. It also requires looking within to the organizational and political dynamics of collecting information and determining its implications for policy.
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Editorial Reviews

The American Interest - Gregory F. Treverton
[An] insightful book.
Foreign Affairs - Paul R. Pillar
Betts' book provides a much-needed antidote.
The American Interest
[An] insightful book.

— Gregory F. Treverton

Foreign Affairs
Betts' book provides a much-needed antidote.

— Paul R. Pillar

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231138888
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 8/30/2007
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard K. Betts is director of the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and author of numerous books on military strategy and foreign policy. He has served on the National Commission on Terrorism, staffs of the Senate Intelligence Committee and National Security Council, and advisory panels for the Director of Central Intelligence.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface xi

1 Twenty-first-Century Intelligence: New Enemies and Old 1

2 Permanent Enemies: Why Intelligence Failures Are Inevitable 19

3 Theory Traps: Expertise as an Enemy 53

4 Incorruptibility or Influence? Costs and Benefits of Politicization 66

5 Two Faces of Failure: September 11 and Iraq's WMD 104

6 An Intelligence Reformation? Two Faces of Reorganization 124

7 Whose Knowledge of Whom? The Conflict of Secrets 159

8 Enemies at Bay: Successful Intelligence 183

Notes 195

Index 229

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