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Thursday, February 21, 2008
disappeared in the crowd, all you seen was troops:
Newness. For everyone out there who's been noticing that all the civilian intelligence agencies are run by military people, and who wonders if long-term forecasting is losing out to warfighter support as an intelligence priority, here comes some white-label, acetate-only Washington Independent truth and soul:
According to long-time observers, the militarization of the U.S. intelligence community goes further than the uniforms worn by agency leaders. Put another way, those leaders are symptoms of a more fundamental shift over the last several years. With the U.S. mired in Iraq and Afghanistan, intelligence has moved away from long-term forecasting and toward immediate support to military commanders prosecuting the wars.
You raise a point overlooked by many observers of the IC, excellent reporting. I would venture a guess that the shift from a heavy civilian hand to a heavy military hand is like that of pendulum and will most likely correct itself with time. This begs the conclusion that a proper balance between the two would be best structure for the IC, but extremely unlikely given the current context.