Ralph Peters


Peters, Ralph. "An Awful Pick." New York Post, 7 Jan. 2009. [http://www.nypost.com]

The author, "a career intelligence officer in the US Army," protests vehemently Leon Panetta's nomination to head the CIA.


Peters, Ralph. Beyond Terror: Strategy in a Changing World. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole, 2002.

Kunert, NWCR, Spring 2003, identifies this book as a collection of the author's essays that put "the 'post–9/11' world in perspective in terms of the U.S. reaction to the attacks and the historical context in which those attacks occurred." Peters "offers a clear, unfettered, down-to-earth perspective of the world." His thoughts "will serve as a superb starting point for more detailed discussions on U.S. national security strategy and the direction that the war on terror should take in the future."


Peters, Ralph. "The Case for Human Intelligence: Our Addiction to Technology Is Our Greatest Weakness." Armed Forces Journal 142 (Jul. 2005): 24-26.


Peters, Ralph [LTCOL/USA (Ret.)]. "Our Strategic Intelligence Problem." realclearpolitics.com, 26 Aug. 2006. [http://www.realclearpolitics.com]

"Our national intelligence system will never meet our unrealistic expectations, nor can it ever answer all of our needs.... [O]ur fantastic expectations must be lowered to a level more in accord with our present and potential capabilities. And we must end the ... practice of blaming flawed intelligence for broader policy failures.... [T]he U.S. intelligence community has become a too-convenient scapegoat for erroneous decisions made by ... leaders indifferent to the substance of intelligence, but alert to the advantages of politics. If we want to improve our comprehensive security, we need to begin with a sharp dose of realism regarding what intelligence can and cannot deliver."



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