Lost for Words: The Intelligence Community's Struggle to Find its Voice

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					Lost for Words: The
Intelligence Community’s
Struggle to Find its Voice
JOSH KERBEL
© 2008 Josh Kerbel




I  n the wake of the 9/11 attacks and the Iraq intervention, most of the national
   security components of the US government have had some—mostly over-
due—introspective moments. Such reviews can only be considered healt
				
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Description: In 2005, the Central Intelligence Agency's Center for the Study of Intelligence published an unclassified ethnographic study of the community's analytic component which, based on hundreds of interviews with analysts and countless hours watching themwork, found that "heterogeneous descriptions and definitions of intelligence analysis as a professional discipline were consistent findings." Putting a vivid exclamation point on the debate, an article in the journal Survival asserts that "putative CIA tradecraft . . . promotes the cultivation of a kind of 'Pinball Wizard,' the deaf, dumb, and blind kid from the rock opera Tommy, who instinctively avoids distractions, plays by intuition, and always achieves suc-cess."
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