Fixing the Spy Machine: Preparing American Intelligence for the Twenty-First Century

Fixing the Spy Machine: Preparing American Intelligence for the Twenty-First Century

Fixing the Spy Machine: Preparing American Intelligence for the Twenty-First Century

Fixing the Spy Machine: Preparing American Intelligence for the Twenty-First Century

Synopsis

With the end of the Cold War and the dawning of a new century, the U.S. intelligence system faces new challenges and threats. The system has suffered from penetration by foreign agents, cutbacks in resources, serious errors in judgment, and what appears to be bad management; nonetheless, it remains one of the key elements of America's strategic defense. Hulnick suggests that things are not as bad as they seem, that America's intelligence system is reasonably well prepared to deal with the many threats to national security. He examines the various functions of intelligence from intelligence gathering and espionage to the arcane fields of analysis, spy-catching, secret operations, and even the business of corporate espionage.

Excerpt

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) asked the author to include the following statement in this book:

CIA’s Publications Review Board has reviewed the manuscript for this book to assist the author in eliminating classified information and poses no security objection to its publication. This review, however, should not be construed as official release of information, confirmation of its accuracy, or an endorsement of the author’s views.

In fact, the CIA’s review was helpful and certainly not onerous. No other intelligence service seems to be as willing as the CIA to permit its former officers to write about intelligence matters.

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