State of Strategic Intelligence: The Intelligence Community's Neglect of Strategic Intelligence   [open pdf - 94KB]

"Commonly misunderstood, we neglect [strategic intelligence] at our peril. The architects of the National Security Act of 1947 would be greatly surprised by today's neglect of strategic intelligence in the Intelligence Community. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the National Security Act of 1947. So many of our most prominent government institutions were created by this act--the National Security Council (NSC), the Armed Forces as a joint establishment, the US Air Force, and, of course, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). As a 'living' document, the act has outlasted the Cold War, for which it was devised, and much more. […]. Today, decades later, a national strategy is not only advisable for the republic but legally required. One can almost hear the original architects asking themselves, Why didn't we think of that? But as much as the security act's architects would have approved of a published national strategy, they would, I believe, be greatly surprised, perhaps even incensed, by today's neglect of strategic intelligence in the Intelligence Community. Strategic intelligence collection and analysis is a capability they took pains to preserve; we are perilously close to losing it."

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Studies in Intelligence (2007), v.51 no.2
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