POST-COLD WAR

2010s

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Aftergood, Steven. "GAO Expands Oversight of Intelligence." Secrecy News, 19 Mar. 2012. [http://www.fas.org/blog/secrecy]

The GAO "has been conducting several projects involving oversight of intelligence agencies.  A classified GAO review of FBI counterterrorism programs has been completed, and a GAO investigation of the role of contractors in intelligence is in progress."

Agrell, Wilhelm. "The Next 100 Years? Reflections on the Future of Intelligence." Intelligence and National Security 27, no. 1 (Feb. 2012): 118-132.

From abstract: The author identifies "six fundamental processes" of change: "the decreasing hegemony of national intelligence, the rise of new fields of knowledge..., the diminishing relative importance of exclusive sources and methods, the rise of new actors producing and providing intelligence, the loss of an intellectual monopoly in a competitive knowledge environment and finally an increasing demand for reliable assessments and verification in a fragmented world of information."

Aid, Matthew M. Intel Wars: The Secret History of the Fight Against Terror. New York and London: Bloomsbury Press, 2012.

To Nolan, IJI&C 25.4 (Winter 2012-2013), the author "provides a well-researched look at ... the intelligence war within the war and its major players." This work "presents a contemporary blueprint to which more details can later be added."

Dilanian, Los Angeles Times, 2 Jan 2012, finds that this book is full of "revelatory anecdotes.... Weaving together information from once-secret State Department cables disclosed by Wikileaks, little-noticed military documents and the author's own interviews with current and former officials, 'Intel Wars' delves into some of the recent successes, failures and contradictions of the covert war against Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia." However, "Aid might have done more to knit his fabulous reporting together thematically; the book can be a bit disjointed in spots."

For Temple-Raston, Washington Post, 17 Feb. 2012, "[e]very chapter in the book is braided with intelligence nuggets.... The book's chapters on Afghanistan and Pakistan are particularly engrossing, although they don't put the intelligence community in a particularly good light.... As enjoyable as the book is, it has shortcomings. It can be a little scattered and often reads like a series of articles cobbled together rather than a cohesive whole. And there are some factual errors." Nevertheless, this is a "highly entertaining and interesting book that provides a full-color, detailed snapshot of how the Obama administration is using intelligence to battle terrorism."

Aldrich, Richard J. "Intelligence and International Security." In The International Studies Encyclopedia Vol. VI, ed. Robert A. Denemark, 3824-3842. Oxford: International Studies Association/Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.

Baker, Stewart. Skating on Stilts: Why We Aren't Stopping Tomorrow's Terrorism. Stanford, CA: Hoover Institution Press, 2010.

Peake, Studies 55.1 (Mar 2011), notes that this work "is the story of Baker's four-year tenure [with DHS] working to develop policies on border security, airline travel, cybersecurity, and ways to counter bioterrorism." The book "is a serious treatment of the conflict between the need for improved security and the privacy and other concerns that oppose making better use of available technology to provide that greater security."

Bar-Joseph, Uri. "The Politicization of Intelligence: A Comparative Study." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 26, no. 2 (Summer 2013): 347-369.

According to the author, "the politicization of intelligence is a universal problem, [but] sufficient evidence permits the argument that among Western-type democracies it mainly exists in the United States."

Best, Richard A. "Leadership of the U.S. Intelligrnce Community: From DCI to DNI." International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence 27, no. 2 (Summer 2014): 253-333.

Best produced a long line of top-notch work at the Congressional Research Service, from which he retired in 2011. This article is much of the same, whether or not you agree with him on specific points.. He tracks changes in the organizational mangement of the IC from 1947 to the present. He argues: "The establishment of the DNI in 2004 was the culmination of efforts to address problems in Intelligence Community organization dating back to the Eisenhower administration."

Blancke, Stephan. “Intelligence for Human Rights? Private Intelligence Structures in Human Rights Affairs.” Sicherheit und Frieden [Security and Peace] 3 (2010): 161-168.

The subject of this essay is: "[W]hether or not intelligence agencies can play a role in detecting and observing human rights violations. Do they have special information, sources and capabilities of monitoring, unlike non-state actors? Is their information part of a well-considered and responsible reaction to emerging human rights violations? Or can the information which governments, the media and civil society need to be able to act, be delivered by non-state actors?"

Clark, Robert M. Intelligence Collection. Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2013.

From publisher: "This comprehensive book ... offers systematic and analytical coverage of the 'how and why' of intelligence collection across its three major stages -- the front end (planning), collection, and the back end (processing, exploitation, and dissemination). The book provides a fresh, logical, and easily understandable view of complex collection systems used worldwide."

Dahl, Erik J. "Missing the Wake-up Call: Why Intelligence Failures Rarely Inspire Improved Performance." Intelligence and National Security 25, no. 6 (Dec. 2010): 778-799.

The author "argues that in order for an intelligence failure such as a major terrorist attack to inspire improved intelligence performance -- to be a true wake-up call -- that failure must not only act as a focusing event to bring more attention to the threat, but it must also lead to more intelligence collection and greater reeceptivity toward intelligence on the part of decision-makers."

Davidson, Joe. "Obama Issues Whistleblower Directive to Security Agencies." Washington Post, 11 Oct. 2012. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

A Presidential Policy Directive issued on 10 October 2012 extends "whistleblower protections to national security and intelligence employees." Whistleblower advocates "will continue to push Congress to follow the president's lead by approving legislation with national security whistleblower protections."

DeYoung, Karen. "A CIA Veteran Transforms U.S. Counterterrorism Policy." Washington Post, 24 Oct. 2012. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

In an interview at the end of August 2012, presidential counterterrorism adviser John O. Brennan explained how he is working on "the administration's evolving procedures for the targeted killings that have come to define its fight against al-Qaeda and its affiliates. It will cover the selection and approval of targets from the 'disposition matrix,' the designation of who should pull the trigger when a killing is warranted, and the legal authorities the administration thinks sanction its actions in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and beyond.... A burly 25-year CIA veteran..., Brennan is the principal architect of a policy that has transformed counterterrorism from a conventional fight centered in Afghanistan to a high-tech global effort to track down and eliminate perceived enemies one by one."

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