ISBN-10:
0742551105
ISBN-13:
9780742551107
Pub. Date:
01/28/2008
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
ISBN-10:
0742551105
ISBN-13:
9780742551107
Pub. Date:
01/28/2008
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Failure of Intelligence: The Decline and Fall of the CIA / Edition 1

Failure of Intelligence: The Decline and Fall of the CIA / Edition 1

by Melvin A. Goodman Melvin A. Goodman

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Overview

The time for serious soul-searching regarding the role of the Central Intelligence Agency and the intelligence community in general is long overdue. The recent intelligence failures regarding the unanticipated collapse of the Soviet Union, the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the run-up to the Iraq war demonstrate a CIA and a $50 billion intelligence enterprise that cannot provide strategic warning to policymakers and, even worse, is capable of falsifying intelligence to suit political purposes. It will not be possible to reform the enterprise until we understand and debate the nexus between intelligence and policy, the important role of intelligence, and the need for an intelligence agency that is not beholden to political interests. The recent appointment of three general officers to the three most important positions in the intelligence community points to the militarization of overall national security policy, which must be reversed. The military domination of the intelligence cycle makes it more difficult to rebuild strategic intelligence and to provide a check on the Pentagon's influence over foreign policy and the use of force. Failure of Intelligence is designed to inform such a debate and suggest a reform agenda. In this timely and important book, the author offers a provocative mingling of historical description with contemporary political analysis and reform prescription that challenges the conventional wisdom on clandestine collection. The book ultimately and persuasively asserts that the failure to have diplomatic relations has led to the inability to collect intelligence.


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ISBN-13: 9780742551107
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 01/28/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 765,220
Product dimensions: 6.46(w) x 9.35(h) x 1.31(d)

About the Author

Melvin A. Goodman is a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy and an adjunct professor of government at Johns Hopkins University. He has more than forty years of experience in the CIA, the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research, and the Department of Defense. He is the author or coauthor of six books, including Bush League Diplomacy: How the Neoconservatives are Putting the World at Risk (2004) and The Phantom Defense: The Case Against National Missile Defense (2001).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 1. The Central Intelligence Agency: Organizing for Intelligence Chapter 2 2. Crimes of the Central Intelligence Agency Chapter 3 3. Intelligence: The Importance of Success Chapter 4 4. Intelligence: The Consequences of Failure Chapter 5 5. The Perils of Politicization Chapter 6 6. The CIA and the Soviet Union: Success and Failure Chapter 7 7. CIA and the Threat of Terrorism Chapter 8 8. The 9/11 Tragedy and The Failure of Strategic Intelligence Chapter 9 9. The Iraq War and the White House Chapter 10 10. The Iraq War and the CIA Chapter 11 11. The Failure of Congressional Oversight Chapter 12 12. DCIs and The Decline and Fall of the CIA Chapter 13 13. What Needs To Be Done?

What People are Saying About This

Seymour M. Hersh

In this study, Mel Goodman tells us that of the misunderstandings, mistakes, and misapplications of American intelligence and force that we've seen since 9/11 are nothing new — our CIA has been at it since the early days of the Cold War. But Goodman also tells us, with fresh information and insight, about the CIA's successes in those years and, most importantly, he names names again and again. His purpose is not payback, or 'Gotcha,' but to right a dangerous wrong.

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