Intelligence for an Age of Terror

Intelligence for an Age of Terror

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By (author) Gregory F. Treverton

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  • Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 326 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 20mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 1107615666
  • ISBN 13: 9781107615663
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: 5 b/w illus. 13 tables
  • Sales rank: 745,801

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During the Cold War, U.S. intelligence was concerned primarily with states; non-state actors like terrorists were secondary. Now the priorities are reversed and the challenge is enormous. States had an address, and they were hierarchical and bureaucratic. They thus came with some 'story'. Terrorists do not. States were 'over there', but terrorists are there and here. They thus put pressure on intelligence at home, not just abroad. The strength of this book is that it underscores the extent of the change and ranges broadly across data collection and analysis, foreign and domestic, as well as presenting the issues of value that arise as new targets require collecting more information at home.

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Gregory F. Treverton is director of the RAND Corporation's Center for Global Risk and Security. Earlier, he directed RAND's Intelligence Policy Center and its International Security and Defense Policy Center and was associate dean of the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His recent work has focused on terrorism, intelligence and law enforcement, with a special interest in new forms of public-private partnership. Dr Treverton has served in government for the first Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, handling Europe for the National Security Council (NSC); most recently, he served as vice chair of the National Intelligence Estimates (NIEs). He holds a B.A. summa cum laude from Princeton University and a master's degree in public policy and a Ph.D. in economics and politics, both from Harvard University. His books include Reshaping National Intelligence for an Age of Information (Cambridge University Press, 2001), New Challenges, New Tools for Defense Decisionmaking (2003) and National Intelligence Systems: Current Research and Future Prospects (Cambridge University Press, 2009, coedited with Wilhelm Agrell).

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Reviews of the hardback: 'Intelligence for an Age of Terror provides the realistic and comprehensive template necessary for a reform of American intelligence programs. Gregory Treverton has relied on his long experience with the intelligence community and his wide and careful reading to produce what I believe to be the most valuable book on intelligence reform today. It will be widely read within the community, as it deserves to be. I hope it will be equally relied on as we undertake the difficult task of reconceptualizing the daunting challenge of providing understanding to leadership.' Phillip Bobbitt, Columbia University 'Dr Treverton has provided thoughtful ideas for policy makers for improving performance of the U.S. intelligence community. The book will also be a useful guide to those who want to work in one or more of the intelligence organizations.' Robert Inman, University of Texas, Austin and former Deputy Director, Central Intelligence Agency 'More than seven years after 9/11, America's national intelligence services are still struggling to meet the challenges posed by today's terrorist adversaries. In this important new book, Gregory Treverton guides us through the organizational and operational issues faced by the intelligence community, and the profound political and philosophical questions we all face in governing intelligence today. For policy makers and concerned citizens, an essential read.' Brian Jenkins, RAND Corporation 'Greg Treverton is a pro's pro. This superb book is the best guide we will have for a long time to the difficult transition our intelligence community is experiencing from the Cold War to today's Long War with Terror. If you read one book on this subject, read this.' R. James Woolsey, Former Director of Intelligence (1993-1995), Central Intelligence Agency 'This book is [Treverton's] most important yet.' H. Nelson, Choice

Table of contents

1. Introduction; 2. The changed target; 3. The Cold War legacy; 4. The imperative of change; 5. The agenda ahead; 6. The special challenge of analysis; 7. Many customers, too many secrets; 8. Covert action: forward to the past?; 9. Rebuilding the social contract.