Dennis Blair, Director of National Intelligence, gave this testimony on the assessment of threats to national security to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on February 2, 2010.
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.
President Obama has called for tweaks to the way terror suspects are monitored, but some observers wonder whether the changes will be sufficient to prevent a repeat of the Christmas Day terror plot.
President Obama says "systemic failures" contributed to the Christmas Day airliner plot, but CFR's Steven Simon says given the huge volume of intelligence analyzed daily, reforms won't come easily.
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 President's Intelligence Advisory Board is often criticized as a do-nothing panel. But it might be just the tool Obama needs to fix the U.S. intelligence community.
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The Justice Department's decision to review past CIA interrogation tactics may be legally justified, but Burton Gerber, a former CIA station chief, says the move could have a chilling and detrimental impact on the nation's counterterrorism efforts.
The U.S. attorney general's decision to conduct a preliminary review of past CIA interrogations awakens spirited debate over the scope of the intelligence community's counterterrorism practices.
Counterintelligence Enhancement Act of 2002 (50 USC 401) requires the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive to submit a strategy for the counterintelligence programs and activities of the U.S. Government. The Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 states that the strategy must be revised or updated once every three years.
In this opinion piece, Congresswoman Jane Harman writes the Bush administration concealed crucial information about its surveillance programs from congressional intelligence committees.
Washington is embroiled in a manic swing of opinion about the efficacy of covert action, including targeted assassinations. Richard A. Clarke on the delicate balance between the rule of law and running an effective intelligence agency.
Legal expert Sanford V. Levinson says rising debate in Congress over past intelligence practices aimed at combating terrorism will likely lead to modifications in policy though not a major overhaul.
Required by Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, this report contains the history and implementation of the National Security Agency's intelligence collection, the legal assessment of the program, and summaries from several departments on the impact of the program towards counterterrorism efforts.
Michael J. Gerson argues, "the Obama administration and the Democratic Congress have delivered a series of blows to the pride and morale of the Central Intelligence Agency."
President Obama's decision to release information on CIA interrogation techniques has sparked furious debate over U.S. handling of terror suspects. CFR's Daniel Prieto says the new details indicate the "contorted" logic used by the Bush administration to justify harsh questioning.
Michael V. Hayden and Michael Mukasey argue that the point of interrogation is intelligence, not confession.
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.
Koblentz argues that the United States should work with other nuclear-armed states to manage threats to nuclear stability in the near term and establish processes for multilateral arms control efforts over the longer term.
The authors argue that it is essential to begin working now to expand and establish rules and norms governing armed drones, thereby creating standards of behavior that other countries will be more likely to follow.
Maximalist finds lessons in the past that anticipate and clarify our chaotic present, revealing the history of U.S. foreign policy in an unexpected new light. More
This clear and authoritative book presents a sweeping account of China's global resource quest and the unrivaled expansion of its economy. More
The story of the tragic and often tormented relationship between the United States and Pakistan, and a call to prepare for the worst, aim for the best, and avoid past mistakes. More
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