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Keeping Watch on the World: Rethinking the Concept of Global Coverage in the US Intelligence Community

Keeping Watch on the World: Rethinking the Concept of Global Coverage in the US Intelligence Community

By John A. Kringen

The United States is the only country in the world with a truly global intelligence enterprise, but even the significant resources the US government invests are not adequate to cover the world in the depth required to provide robust and reliable warning of events in every corner of the globe. The most significant transnational threats—such as terrorism and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction—and the challenges posed by countries such as China, Iran, North Korea, and Russia typically require disproportionate investments because of their policy priority and because they pose difficult intelligence and policy challenges. Inevitably then, many issues and countries are addressed with much more limited Intelligence Community (IC) resources: And these have been covered for years under the rubric “Global Coverage.”

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Posted: Sep 28, 2015 06:15 PM
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