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Enemies of Intelligence: Knowledge and Power in American National Security
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, 241 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Columbia University Press
(first published December 31st 2006)
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Oct 20, 2019 Wilson rated it it was amazing
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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