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Flawed by design : the evolution of the CIA, JCS, and NSC

Author: Amy B Zegart
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this book, Amy Zegart challenges the conventional belief that national security agencies are well designed to serve the national interest. Using a new institutionalist approach, Zegart asks what forces shaped the initial design of the Central Intelligence Agency, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the National Security Council in ways that meant they were handicapped from birth." "Ironically, she finds that much of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Amy B Zegart
ISBN: 0804735042 9780804735049 9780804741316 080474131X
OCLC Number: 41176756
Description: xvi, 317 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Toward a Theory of National Security Agencies --
Origins of the National Security Council System: A "Brass-Knuckle Fight to the Finish" --
Evolution of the National Security Council System: "From King's Ministers to Palace Guard" --
Origins of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: "Fighting for the Very Life of the Navy" --
Evolution of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: "The Swallows Return to Capistrano" --
Origins of the Central Intelligence Agency: "Those Spooky Boys" --
Evolution of the Central Intelligence Agency: "One of the Weakest Links in Our National Security" --
Notes on Tabulation of Foreign Policy Interest Groups --
New York Times Coverage of National Security Advisers, 1947-1998 --
Legislative Changes to the Joint Chiefs of Staff --
Value of Defense Contracts Awarded, FY 1994, by Region.
Responsibility: Amy B. Zegart.
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"In this book, Amy Zegart challenges the conventional belief that national security agencies are well designed to serve the national interest. Using a new institutionalist approach, Zegart asks what forces shaped the initial design of the Central Intelligence Agency, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the National Security Council in ways that meant they were handicapped from birth." "Ironically, she finds that much of the blame can be ascribed to cherished features of American democracy - frequent elections, the separation of powers, majority rule, political compromise - all of which constrain presidential power and give Congress little incentive to create an effective foreign policy system. At the same time, bureaucrats in rival departments had the expertise, the staying power, and the incentives to sabotage the creation of effective competitors, and this is exactly what they did." "In sum, the author paints an astonishing picture; the agencies Americans count on most to protect them from enemies abroad are, by design, largely incapable of doing so."--Jacket.

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