Richard A. Falkenrath says that while the recent decision by the United Arab Emirates to suspend BlackBerry services may have been opposed by business travelers, law enforcement officers and intelligence officers viewed the decision with approval and a bit of envy.
Mosharraf Zaidi writes that focusing on the adverse role of Pakistan's intelligence service, the ISI, in Afghanistan is a distraction. He argues that the true purpose behind the WikiLeaks expose is to end Obama's war.
After 9/11, U.S. counterterrorism and intelligence became increasingly reliant on private contractors, a tendency, Dana Priest and William Arkin report, that may make the federal workforce more obligated to private shareholders than to the public interest.
In post-9/11 America, private, for-profit intelligence operations have emerged as a large and cumbersome industry whose complexities may be more a threat to U.S. national security than a benefit, report Dana Priest and William Arkin.
Authors: Eric M. O'Neill, Burton Gerber, John J. Devine, Mark Stout, and Peter Brookes
The arrest of ten alleged Russian agents in U.S. suburbs raises questions about the nature of spying in the twenty-first century. Former U.S. spies discuss the enduring need for intelligence collected by humans and the motives for this latest round of espionage.
Failures to stop the recent U.S. airliner bomb plot and the destruction of a CIA base in Afghanistan illustrate inherent problems in intelligence gathering, and al-Qaeda's impenetrability, says CFR's Richard K. Betts.
Authors: Major General Michael T. Flynn, Matt Pottinger, and Paul Batchelor
This Center for a New American Security paper, discusses the signficance of the U.S. intelligence community to the counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan and recommends a reorientation of focus from the "enemy" to the Afghan people.
The authors argue that the United States has responded inadequately to the rise of Chinese power and recommend placing less strategic emphasis on the goal of integrating China into the international system and more on balancing China's rise.
Campbell evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.
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