Failure of Intelligence: The Decline and Fall of the CIA

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2008 - Political Science - 394 pages
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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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A senior fellow at the Center for International Policy with 24 years of experience as an analyst at the CIA, author Goodman (Bush League Diplomacy) declares that without efforts to improve the country ... Read full review


The Central Intelligence Agency Organizing for Intelligence
Crimes of the Central Intelligence Agency
Intelligence The Importance of Success
Intelligence The Consequences of Failure
The Perils of Politicization
The CIA and the Soviet Union Success and Failure
The CIA and the Threat of Terrorism
The 911 Tragedy and the Failure of Strategic Intelligence
The Iraq War and the CIA
The Failure of Congressional Oversight
DCIs and the Decline and Fall of the CIA
What Needs To Be Done?
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The Iraq War and the White House

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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).

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