Lost for Words: Intelligence Community's Struggle to Find its Voice   [open pdf - 102KB]

"In the wake of the 9/11 attacks and the Iraq intervention, most of the national security components of the US government have had some-mostly overdue- introspective moments. Such reviews can only be considered healthy. For as Sun Tzu, the Chinese military and intelligence theorist, said, 'Know the enemy and know yourself; in a hundred battles you will never be in peril.' The fact is, however, that many of those governmental components did not necessarily like what they saw looking back at them from the mirror. This result was particularly true of the intelligence community, which found its own self-identity issues staring back with an unnerving intensity. To be blunt, the intelligence community, which for the purposes of this article refers mainly to the analytic component, still does not 'know itself.' That is to say, 60-plus years after its creation as a 'community'-making the point that this identity crisis is not solely the product of post-9/11 and Iraq soul-searching-America's intelligence analysts still cannot agree on an answer to that most fundamental question of analytic identity: What exactly is intelligence analysis?"

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U.S. Army War College, Parameters: http://www.carlisle.army.mil/usawc/parameters/
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Parameters: United States Army War College Quarterly (Summer 2008), v.38 no.2, p.102-112
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