Out of the Ashes: Intelligence Moves Forward. (Editor's Note)

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Out of the Ashes: Intelligence Moves Forward. (Editor's Note)


Intelligence is often called the most thankless profession because it garners attention only through its failures. The aftermath of September 11 certainly supports this view. In the months that followed the attacks, extensive public debate took place over the role intelligence should play in the post-Cold War world. This issue's symposium draws on the views of policymakers and practitioners to evaluate the important role intelligence will play in the future of international relations.

Senator Bob Graham, chairman of the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, opens the symposium by commenting on some of the most pressing issues facing the US intelligence community in the wake of September 1l. Times have changed, he says, but the US Central Intelligence Agency and other intelligence organizations worldwide have failed to change with them. Balancing the concerns of policymakers, Harvard Professor of Information Resources Policy Anthony G. Oettinger and MITRE Corporation Editor Margaret S. MacDonald provide a compelling overview of technology in the international intelligence community.

What these authors agree on is the paramount importance of international cooperation. Professor Richard J. Aldrich of the University of Nottingham, co-editor of the Journal of Intelligence and National Security, assesses some of the obstacles efforts toward cooperation will inevitably face.

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