The Faces of Intelligence Reform (2005)

Faces of Intelligence Reform: Perspectives on Direction and Forms

The policy world continues to struggle with how the intelligence community should change to meet current security challenges. The debate is likely to rage as long as we have troops fighting insurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan, diplomats grappling with the prospects for peace in the Middle East, instability growing in South-East Asia, and concerns amplifying in the tri-border region of Latin America.

By bringing together members with their diverse backgrounds and creative ways to address this broad subject in their respective areas of expertise, CENSA has released a compendium of Opinion Editorial articles on intelligence reforms in fall 2005. The broader issue demands perspectives from every corner of this country and every professional vocation—from private sector to public sector to the military view, each impression of where reform is necessary is critical to the ongoing and future debate.

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Advance Praise for Faces of Intelligence Reforms

In over three-dozen short pieces The Faces of Intelligence Reform offers bold news ideas from the next generation of foreign policy leaders. The authors, drawn from the diverse ranks of CENSA members including active duty military officers, former National Security Council Officials, and the best young minds from think tanks and academia, have put together an impressive collection tackling the problem of intelligence reform from every angle. Moving well beyond the media focus on re-wiring diagrams, The Faces of Intelligence Reform is one of few works that offers concrete recommendations to address the gap between the current capabilities and the rapidly changing needs of the intelligence community. Pieces address such narrow but critical subjects as building relationships with local tribes, improving intelligence with regards to terrorist financing, how to penetrate insurgents and terrorist groups, and fixing the hiring process. John Negroponte should read this book. Then he should start the true process of reforming the intelligence community.

— Richard A. Clarke, former U.S. National Coordinator for Security and Counter terrorism, author of Against All Enemies: Inside America’s War on Terror

In the past year demands for change in the structure and process of the Intelligence Community reached a crescendo. The legislation that resulted in response is now playing out.This collection of short essays is an extremely useful way to flag crucial issues and disagreements, and to expose a range of views, for the ongoing debate that accompanies this shakedown cruise.

— Richard K. Betts, Director of the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University

By covering a broad array of new and contentious issues that are highly relevant to the long war we are in – from data mining to the cultural barriers that block effective penetration of terrorist groups – by sharpening rather than submerging policy debates, and by giving a forum to the next generation of intelligence policy-makers this fine volume makes a signal contribution. Essential reading for anyone interested in the field.”

— R. James Woolsey, Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton, Director of Central Intelligence 1993-95