Meeting 21st Century Transnational Challenges: Building a Global Intelligence Paradigm [open pdf - 111KB]
"At the Cold War's end, there were many critics who claimed the IC--perhaps most especially the CIA--had outlived its principal adversary and its raison d'etre. Like it or not, this assertion proved sadly incorrect as the series of terrorist attacks culminating in the 9/11 attacks brought home to the American people the enduring need for organizations focused on anticipating and warning about major threats to our nation's security. What has been less well understood, however, is that many post-Cold War and post-9/11 challenges raise questions about the effectiveness of the traditional intelligence paradigm. In fact, many of the post mortems which followed the 9/11 attacks pointed directly to the need for an entirely new way of developing insight and anticipating surprises, one which places less emphasis on secrets or restricted channels for sharing information and more emphasis on open source information and creating networks of expertise that connect diverse thinking across disciplines as well as continents. […]. What follows here is a description of a new way of thinking about intelligence collaboration that is designed to leverage open sources, multi-disciplinary and multi-national sources of expertise, and pooled international resources. The objective is not to eliminate the old paradigm, but rather to complement it with a new way of handling 21st century transnational challenges."
Center for the Study of Intelligence: https://www.cia.gov/library/center-for-the-study-of-intelligence/index.html
Studies in Intelligence (2007), v.51 no.3