Sunday, June 21, 2009

Intelligence Production

Marc Ambinder noted an interesting video by Chris Rasmussen about Intellipedia. It would certainly improve intelligence quality if the products emphasized the differences within the Intelligence Community rather than the current concensus production process. The differences would call attention to what we do not know, helping us target the follow-on collection efforts. The differences would also promote competitive intelligence.

Of course, the implementation of this reform requires the leadership to commit to good intelligence. As COL(ret) Lang has noted repeatedly, the current intelligence system is not interested in producing good intelligence. The focus on failures of intelligence has produced a bureaucracy with all of its worst traits. Our current intelligence vacuum on Iran has only highlighted the incompetence of the Community. Without commitment from the very top, Rasmussen's idea will become just another footnote in our sad intelligence history.

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