Bridge Colby has written an exceptionally thoughtful review of the US intelligence community (link below). Well worth a careful read for its nuanced assessment of what intelligence can and cannot produce. If I may add a comment: it is that the intelligence debate in the US seems to focus mightily on structural reform in Washington. Alongside this, the basic proposition that intelligence is about getting hold of non-trivial facts that adversaries and friends want to keep from you tends to get shortchanged. This means having officers who can pass themselves off as Madrassa students in the FATA regions of Pakistan. Not easy. If the intelligence machine is not delivering on this basic -- albeit extremely difficult -- task, tinkering in Washington will nothing avail.
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