Studies in Intelligence 67, No. 2 (Extracts, June 2023)

An Enduring Debate: US Intelligence: Profession, Community, or Enterprise?

By Bowman H. Miller

Is intelligence work a profession?

The debate continues, in fits and starts, over whether and to what extent work in intelligence constitutes work within a profession. The exchange of views has been spirited at times, even occasionally acrimonious. It has a long history. In the discussion that follows, the aim is to sort out some of the pros and cons of the argument and to suggest a compromise solution that is, by many, already partially embraced.

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