Wednesday, February 19, 2014
intelligence mission impossible
The intelligence community faces an impossible task of pleasing the many demanding recipients of its products. As Will Imboden, a former NSC staffer admits, policymakers make contradictory demands on people in the IC: get what I need but don't get caught; don't ever make mistakes; don't water down analysis to the lowest common denominator, but don't confuse me with disagreements. His list of impossible demands sounds true, and discouraging.