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The tragic events of September 11, 2001, and the false assessment of Saddam Hussein's weapons arsenal were terrible reminders that good information is essential to national security. These failures convinced the American public that their intelligence system was broken and prompted a radical reorganization of agencies and personnel, but as Richard K. Betts argues in this b ...more
Hardcover, 264 pages
Published September 6th 2007 by Columbia University Press (first published December 31st 2006)
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One of my new favorites. For most, the subtleties and nuances will likely get glanced over, but this author did a great job capturing the frustrations that those in the intelligence production enterprise have when constant blame of “intelligence failures” falls on them, especially by those leaders who are so steeped in their biases that they either reject specific reporting of warnings and risk, or make assumptions contrary to evidence, which the producers to waste time and resources to chase su ...more
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Betts was born and raised in Eaton, Pennsylvania graduating from Newton High School in 1965. He went on to attend and graduate from Harvard University earning a bachelor's, master's, and eventually doctorate in government in 1965, 1971 and 1975 respectively.

His dissertation, under the direction of Samuel P. Huntington was on the role of military advice in decisions to resort to force, which later became his first book, Soldiers, Statesmen, and Cold War Crises.

His dissertation was awarded the
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