Enemies of Intelligence: Knowledge and Power in American National Security

Enemies of Intelligence: Knowledge and Power in American National Security

by Richard K. Betts
     
 

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…  See more details below

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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 implications for policy.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231138888
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
08/30/2007
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

James Wirtz
An original, accessible, and theoretically important work.

Sir Lawrence Freedman
Richard K. Betts has been writing intelligently on intelligence since the 1970s. He now draws on years of scholarship and practical experience to explore how policymakers can be told what they need to know rather than just what they want to hear.

Sir - Lawrence Freedman
Richard K. Betts has been writing intelligently on intelligence since the 1970s. He now draws on years of scholarship and practical experience to explore how policymakers can be told what they need to know rather than just what they want to hear.
John McLaughlin
Richard K. Betts's new book shows a deep and sophisticated understanding of how American intelligence really works. It should be required reading for anyone who wants to get beyond the clichés and sound bites so frequently used to describe this complex and vital enterprise.

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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