Accession Number:

ADA525283

Title:

Adam Smith Examines the Intelligence Economy

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY WASHINGTON DC CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF INTELLIGENCE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1996-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

4.0

Abstract:

What should we do Who should do it How much should we pay The answers to these questions will determine the future structure and operation of the US Intelligence Community. Public debate on reinventing intelligence to date has focused on organizational relationships and interactions. When intelligence was a cottage industry, this was an adequate approach. In dealing with todays global intelligence enterprise, however, this anthropological perspective no longer suffices. If the goal of changing the Intelligence Community is improved efficiency, accountability, and responsiveness to the nations needs, the relationship between intelligence producers and consumers has to be redefined in economic terms--Adam Smith, not Margaret Mead. Doing so is the first step in ensuring that Americans get the best intelligence value for the tax dollar. In the military, we budget for food, fuel, ammunition, communications, personnel, and training. A business man or economist should not be surprised that we face a perceived crisis in intelligence and medical care, the two areas we continue to treat as a right and not a resource to be carefully husbanded.

Subject Categories:

  • Economics and Cost Analysis
  • Military Intelligence

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE