A Hedge Against Politicization: An Impartial Intelligence Community for America
Strategy Research Project
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Today the National Intelligence Community IC is mired in a dilemma that challenges the credibility of our national policymaking process. Intelligence assessments inconsistent with policymaker political objectives have often been subjugated by partisan second guessing. Policymakers who tailor raw intelligence to fit their needs, coupled with intelligence leaders complicity have cast serious doubts on the intelligence communitys analytical independence. The ICs failure to predict the 911 terrorist attacks and its inability to accurately determine the viability of Iraqs WMD program are not illustrations of ineptitude, but instead, an indictment of a deeply flawed system prone to manipulation and analytical gerrymandering. This paper will dissect the relationship and challenges that exist between the intelligence community and policymaker. It argues for an impartial intelligence enterprise free of analytical biases and preconceived partisan political dispositions. This paper proposes modeling the IC after the Federal Reserve or Congressional Budget Office in order to create a nonpartisan institution free to provide sound intelligence advice to policymakers based on unblemished analysis.
- Administration and Management
- Government and Political Science
- Nuclear Weapons