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Fixing the facts : national security and the politics of intelligence

Author: Joshua Rovner
Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2011.
Series: Cornell studies in security affairs.
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What is the role of intelligence agencies in strategy and policy? How do policymakers use (or misuse) intelligence estimates? When do intelligence-policy relations work best? How do intelligence-policy failures influence threat assessment, military strategy, and foreign policy? These questions are at the heart of recent national security controversies, including the 9/11 attacks and the war in Iraq. In both cases  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Joshua Rovner
ISBN: 9780801463136 0801463130
OCLC Number: 956658886
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource (275 pages).
Contents: A basic problem : the uncertain role of intelligence in national security --
Pathologies of intelligence-policy relations --
Policy oversell and politicization --
The Johnson administration and the Vietnam estimates --
The Nixon administration and the Soviet strategic threat --
The Ford administration and the Team B affair --
Intelligence, policy, and the war in Iraq --
Politics, politicization, and the need for secrecy.
Series Title: Cornell studies in security affairs.
Responsibility: Joshua Rovner.
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What is the role of intelligence agencies in strategy and policy? How do policymakers use (or misuse) intelligence estimates? When do intelligence-policy relations work best? How do intelligence-policy failures influence threat assessment, military strategy, and foreign policy? These questions are at the heart of recent national security controversies, including the 9/11 attacks and the war in Iraq. In both cases the relationship between intelligence and policy broke down-with disastrous consequences. In Fixing the Facts, Joshua Rovner explores the complex interaction between intelligence and policy and shines a spotlight on the problem of politicization. Major episodes in the history of American foreign policy have been closely tied to the manipulation of intelligence estimates. Rovner describes how the Johnson administration dealt with the intelligence community during the Vietnam War; how President Nixon and President Ford politicized estimates on the Soviet Union; and how pressure from the George W. Bush administration contributed to flawed intelligence on Iraq. He also compares the U.S. case with the British experience between 1998 and 2003, and demonstrates that high-profile government inquiries in both countries were fundamentally wrong about what happened before the war. -- Book jacket.

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