By William E. Odom

William E. Odom is the highest-ranking member of the USA Intelligence group ever to write down a ebook outlining basic restructuring of this huge community of companies, know-how, and human brokers. within the wake of 9-11, Odom has revised and up-to-date a strong critique he wrote numerous years in the past for staffs of the U.S. congressional committee overseeing the great American intelligence forms. His options for revamping this crucial component to American defense at the moment are on hand for normal readers in addition to for policymakers. whereas giving an unrivaled review of the area of U.S. intelligence, Odom persuasively exhibits that the failure of yankee intelligence on 9-11 had a lot to do with the advanced bureaucratic relationships current one of the a number of elements of the Intelligence group. The sustained fragmentation in the Intelligence group for the reason that global struggle II is a part of the tale; the blurring of defense and intelligence tasks is one other. Odom describes a few of the parts of yank intelligence in an effort to provide readers an realizing of ways advanced they're and what may be performed to cause them to more suitable in offering well timed intelligence and extra effective in utilizing their huge budgets. He exhibits definitively that they can not be remedied with speedy fixes yet require deep examine of the complete forms and the dedication of the U.S. executive to enforce the required reforms.

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These are issues treated elsewhere, and all of them are policy problems. They are important, but they are different from management and structural problems. Thus they will be treated here only when they appear as symptoms of structural problems. As the events of 11 September have once again forced intelligence issues onto the agenda, the initial reactions have been to treat them primarily as policy matters, ignoring the underlying structural issues. To clarify this distinction with a metaphor, assume that the Intelligence Community is a ship which has had numerous problems on its recent voyages.

The signals intelligence model for distinguishing between command and operational control suggests an effective approach for cross-agency and cross-organization management of collection operations. It is the only way that orchestration of imagery intelligence collection can successfully be brought under a single national-level management structure. And it probably offers solutions to the traditional problems of coordinating the CIA’s clandestine and overt human intelligence with Defense Department human intelligence.

The committee of the chiefs of all the mil- itary services that advises the secretary of defense and the president on military affairs. Joint Military Intelligence Program (JMIP). One of several program budgets in the Pentagon designed to coordinate intelligence development and procurement programs for tactical intelligence systems. J-2. The primary staff intelligence officer on any joint staff. i-xlii 11/12/02 11:17 AM Page xxxvii G L O S S A RY xxxvii Measurement and Signature Intelligence (MASINT).

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