The Post 9/11 Intelligence Community
Intelligence Reform, 2001–2009: Requiescat in Pace?
Patrick C. Neary
History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.
With the passage of time and hard-earned perspective, perhaps real change is now possible.
On 26 July 1947, President Harry S. Truman signed into law the National Security Act, which served as the organizational basis for the US conduct of the Cold War. The intelligence provisions of that bill (creating the CIA and the Director of Central Intelligence [DCI]) were tied to events six years earlier, namely 7 December 1941. That infamous date did provoke some immediate change in our intelligence operations in the Second World War. More importantly, it provided the spark that developed into a white-hot flame for change after the war. As a result, the United States redoubled its commitment to conducting intelligence activities during peacetime — and did so just in time to prepare for the Cold War. This article suggests that once again a national intelligence failure — 9/11 — has engendered a lukewarm version of intelligence reform that has since its inception virtually run its course. With the passage of time and hard-earned perspective, perhaps real change is now possible.
To read the entire article, download PDF. [PDF 858.2KB*]
*Adobe® Reader® is needed to view Adobe PDF files. If you don't already have Adobe Reader installed, you may download the current version at www.adobe.com (opens in a new window). [external link disclaimer]
All statements of fact, opinion, or analysis expressed in this article are those of the author. Nothing in the article should be construed as asserting or implying US government endorsement of an article’s factual statements and interpretations.