Thomas Fingar, who leads the agency that produced the most recent Iran National Intelligence Estimate, says conclusions about Tehran’s weapons program are sound, but the report’s delivery could have been framed differently.
Watch Dr. Thomas Fingar discuss controversial national intelligence estimates on Iran and Iraq, changes in intelligence analysis, and new tools available to analysts.
Listen to Dr. Thomas Fingar discuss controversial national intelligence estimates on Iran and Iraq, changes in intelligence analysis, and new tools available to analysts.
The intelligence community's record is better than people think — and most reform proposals are worse.
The government’s quest to use new technology to track terrorist threats is raising fresh concerns about privacy and free speech.
Washington’s November 2007 intelligence estimate of Iranian nuclear capabilities has clouded the very issue it aimed to define.
David Kay, a veteran international arms inspector, says the publicly released version of the National Intelligence Estimate on Iran was seriously flawed.
As debate over changes to an expanded domestic-spying program rages in Congress, the future of foreign intelligence gathering is in question.
Senator Christopher Dodd gave this speech on the Senate floor on December 17, 2007, during a hearing about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. He argues that companies have violated their customers' privacy rights in handing over information to the government without warrants and that they should not be granted immunity.
The U.S. intelligence report on Iran’s nuclear capabilities was greeted warmly by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, but could return attention to unpopular domestic policies.
John Barry recounts watching two torture films as evidence to why the CIA destroyed taped torture sessions.
Michael Levi writes that the “the NIE won't actually alter the debate about Iran.”
Listen to Vali R. Nasr and Ray Takeyh discuss their Foreign Affairs article, "The Costs of Containing Iran," and U.S. policy toward Iran following the findings of the National Intelligence Estimate released in December 2007.
Max Boot urges the United States to “tell the Gulf Arabs that if they expect the U.S. to stand with them in the future, they need to stand with us publicly, not just privately.”
New intelligence on Iran’s nuclear weapons capabilities could lighten tension between Washington and Tehran but make economic sanctions harder to coordinate.
Iran’s alleged meddling in Iraq and Afghanistan and its defiance of orders to halt uranium enrichment have drawn sharp criticism from the west. Amid the rhetoric some analysts and policy makers continue to question the quality and credibility of Washington’s intelligence on Tehran, while a new National Intelligence Estimate adds to the uncertainty.
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Special operations play a critical role in how the United States confronts irregular threats, but to have long-term strategic impact, the author argues, numerous shortfalls must be addressed.
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