A Roundtable Discussion: The Brown Commission and the Future of Intelligence

Members of the Studies in Intelligence Editorial Board and staff members of the Aspin-Brown Commission


On I March 1996, the Commission on the Roles and Capabilities of the United States Intelligence Community (the Brown Commission) issued its

report to the President and to Congress. On 26 March, Studies in Intelligence board members Brian Latell, Robert Herd, John Wiant, and Bill Nolte met at the Commission’s offices in the New Executive Office Building with Ann Z.

Caracristi, a member of the Commission; Staff Director L. Britt Snider; and staff members Dougfus Horner, Brendan Melley, Kevin Scheid, and William Kvetkas. What follows is an edited transcript of the discussion with them, reviewed in advance by the participants.

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Editor’s note:

Intelligence scholar Loch Johnson would later reflect on his experience as an academic staff member of the Aspin-Brown commission in an article Studies published in 2004 (Vol 48, No. 3) “Assessing an Earlier Panel on Intelligence: The Aspin-Brown Intelligence Inquiry: Behind the Closed Doors of a Blue Ribbon Commission. 

The article led to a response from another staff member (and participant in the roundtable posted here), L. Britt Snider, Commentary: A Different Angle on the Aspin-Brown Commission (Studies 49, No. 1 [2005]).