Wednesday, March 17, 2010

CIA Intelligence vs Private Sector Intelligence

The quality of the CIA's intelligence is somewhat in question - it would seem.  First we get the January 2010 report from MG Flynn, the top intel officer in Afghanistan, stating that the intel provided by traditional sources (CIA and others) is not good enough for the war effort in Afghanistan (see footnote below).  Now we find that private security contractors are stepping up to the plate providing what has been lacking.  Firms like American International Security Corporation are providing seasoned special operations veterans to do the work that others are supposed to be doing.  These same firms are now being spotlighted, vilified by the press, and possibly shut down.  Read a recent news article that explores this:  "When the CIA's intelligence-gathering isn't enough", The Washington Post, March 18, 2010.

Footnote:  "Fixing Intel: A Blueprint for Making Intelligence Relevant in Afghanistan", Center for a New American Security (CNAS.org), January 2010.

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