Whither Intelligence?

December 2010
World Policy Journal;Winter2010, Vol. 27 Issue 4, p119
Academic Journal
The article presents a discussion of the uses of national intelligence gathering services, noting that even when prescient and accurate information is provided, it is often ignored. The television show "Rubicon" is cited as one of the more realistic portrayals of intelligence analysis, particularly in its portrayal of the futility of providing warnings of political and military crises to officials who are unwilling to act on them. Similar examples from the real world are provided from the author's own experience involving Vietnam and Cambodia. Information about the likely progress of the Afghan War in 2011 is offered in this context, as of December 2010.


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