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Sharpening Strategic Intelligence: Why the CIA Gets It Wrong and What Needs to Be Done to Get It Right
     

Sharpening Strategic Intelligence: Why the CIA Gets It Wrong and What Needs to Be Done to Get It Right

by Richard L. Russell
 

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ISBN-10: 0521702372

ISBN-13: 9780521702379

Pub. Date: 05/28/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book critically examines the weaknesses of U.S. intelligence led by the Central Intelligence Agency in informing presidential decision-making on issues of war and peace. It evaluates the CIA's strategic intelligence performance during the Cold War and post-Cold War periods as a foundation for examining the root causes of intelligence failures surrounding the

Overview

This book critically examines the weaknesses of U.S. intelligence led by the Central Intelligence Agency in informing presidential decision-making on issues of war and peace. It evaluates the CIA's strategic intelligence performance during the Cold War and post-Cold War periods as a foundation for examining the root causes of intelligence failures surrounding the September 11th attacks and assessments of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction programs in the run up to the Iraq war. Intelligence expert Richard L. Russell probes the roots causes of these failures which lie in the CIA's poor human intelligence collection and analysis practices. Russell argues that none of the post-9/11 intelligence reforms have squarely addressed these root causes of strategic intelligence failure and it recommends measures for redressing these dangerous vulnerabilities in American security.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521702379
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2007
Pages:
228
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Strategic Intelligence and American Statecraft     1
Debunking Cold War Myths     29
Stumbling after the Cold War     53
Blundering in the "War on Terrorism"     69
Spies Who Do Not Deliver     95
Analysts Who Are Not Experts     119
Facing Future Strategic Intelligence Challenges     149
Notes     171
Selected Bibliography     193
Index     207

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