Enemies of Intelligence: Knowledge and Power in American National Security

Enemies of Intelligence: Knowledge and Power in American National Security

by Richard Betts

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231138888
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 09/06/2007
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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.

Table of Contents

Preface
1. Twenty-first-Century Intelligence: New Enemies and Old
2. Permanent Enemies: Why Intelligence Failures Are Inevitable
3. Theory Traps: Expertise as an Enemy
4. Incorruptibility or Influence? Costs and Benefits of Politicization
5. Two Faces of Failure: September 11 and Iraq's WMD
6. An Intelligence Reformation? Two Faces of Reorganization
7. Whose Knowledge of Whom? The Conflict of Secrets
8. Enemies at Bay: Successful Intelligence
Notes
Index

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, professor of war studies, King's College, London

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.

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