Intelligence for an Age of Terror

Intelligence for an Age of Terror

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Gregory F. Treverton
Cambridge University Press, 3/23/2009
EAN 9780521518451, ISBN10: 0521518458

Hardcover, 320 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.2 cm
Language: English

During the Cold War, U.S. intelligence was concerned primarily with states; non-state actors like terrorists were secondary. Now the priorities are reversed and the challenge is enormous. States had an address, and they were hierarchical and bureaucratic. They thus came with some 'story'. Terrorists do not. States were 'over there', but terrorists are there and here. They thus put pressure on intelligence at home, not just abroad. The strength of this book is that it underscores the extent of the change and ranges broadly across data collection and analysis, foreign and domestic, as well as presenting the issues of value that arise as new targets require collecting more information at home.

1. Introduction
2. The changed target
3. The Cold War legacy
4. The imperative of change
5. The agenda ahead
6. The special challenge of analysis
7. Many customers, too many secrets
8. Covert action
forward to the past?
9. Rebuilding the social contract.