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

By Richard R. Valcourt; Arthur S. Hulnick | Go to book overview

Foreword

Proposals to reform the U.S. intelligence community are not new. Congress and outside investigators have persistently urged that alterations be made in the structure of the Central Intelligence Agency since its inception in 1947 and to those of its sister agencies in the various years thereafter. Efforts at reform tend to run in cycles, increasing in intensity in the aftermath of the failure of a particularly unpopular covert action, or when an intelligence analysis has proven embarrassingly inaccurate.

Internal reform efforts are generally more incremental than the broad-scale suggestions offered by external forces. The bureaucracy appreciates its own accomplishments and naturally protects its members, as might be anticipated in any functioning organization, public or private. Even scholars are loathe to have their presumably closely-reasoned, informed assessments challenged. But internal commentary is often more astute than that offered by outsiders. Intimate knowledge of relevant intellectual and organizational processes takes a significant amount of time and effort, and those who have challenged any government agency’s performance often soften their criticisms when given access to the decisionmakers and their rationale, or upon personal participation in an agency’s ranks.

Arthur S. Hulnick, a veteran of more than thirty-five years in the intelligence community, has had the benefit of learning the business from the ground up. Starting with his service in the U.S. Air Force and subsequent recruitment by the CIA, Mr. Hulnick served in both the analytical and clandestine branches of the Agency. Subsequently, he became an editor of the President’s Daily Brief and Coordinator of Academic Affairs in the CIA’sOffice of Public Affairs. He also served as Chairman of the Director of Central Intelligence’s Management Advisory Group.

As an Agency spokesman, Mr. Hulnick embarked upon an extensive

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Contents ix
  • Foreword xi
  • Acknowledgments xvii
  • Acronyms xix
  • Chapter 1 - Is the Spy Machine Broken? 1
  • Chapter 2 - Stealing the Secrets 23
  • Chapter 3 - Puzzles and Mysteries 43
  • Chapter 4 - Secret Operations 63
  • Chapter 5 - Catching the Enemy’s Spies 87
  • Chapter 6 - Stopping the Bad Guys 105
  • Chapter 7 - Managing and Controlling Secret Intelligence 129
  • Chapter 8 - Spying for Profit 151
  • Chapter 9 - Secret Intelligence and the Public 173
  • Chapter 10 - Fixing the Spy Machine 191
  • Bibliography 209
  • Index 217
  • About the Author 223
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