The Intelligence Of The United States

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For the most part “intelligence norms” are still serving the purposes for which they were designed to fulfill. However, the intelligence community (IC) is not currently post-cold war which is where these norms may have been exactly what was needed in order to protect our national security. The treats that our national security faced during the cold war are not the same as the advanced technological tactics that are threatening our national security today. With the early on perceived intelligence community failures that are still looming such as the Chinese Embassy bombing, 9/11 and weapons of mass destruction (WMD), the transformation of the IC21 process needs to be transparent as a step to reestablish trust with the public. With…show more content…
So what is the plan? In this I will discuss in detail, events that has caused the IC to struggle in the eyes of the people of the United States, issues for the IC as it moves into the 21st century, what the plan is to financially support changes, if any, for this IC evolution and future sustainment and recommendations for shaping an IC that will be flexible and capable for national security concerns and threats restoring the faith of the people stronger than ever. There are events that have been labeled as either short comings or failures of the IC that has raised questions about budget funding. Such events include the cold war, in which the IC was not qualified or capable of properly handling the then “modern era” of tactical operations. Then there was the WMD event that was made because of the word phrasing used by formal DNI George J. Tenent, that it was a “slam dunk” to the President that there were indeed WMDs in Iraq which at that present time could not be found. Then there was September 11, 2001 being one of the greatest adversary strategic surprises in our history after Pearl Harbor. And let’s not forget the seemingly spying National Security Agency (NSA) on US citizens. “This debate continues today over the President’s constitutional ability to authorize the National Security Agency to intercept international communications into and out of the U.S. of persons linked to certain
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