The Relationship between Intelligence and Policy

Monday, October 31, 2011
Noon (Luncheon to Follow)

Featuring Paul R. Pillar, Director of Graduate Studies, Center for Peace and Security Studies, Georgetown University, Author, Intelligence and U.S. Foreign Policy (Columbia, 2011); and Joshua Rovner, Associate Professor, Strategy and Policy, U.S. Naval War College, Author, Fixing the Facts: National Security and the Politics of Intelligence (Cornell, 2011); with comments by Mark Lowenthal, President and CEO, The Intelligence and Security Academy, Former Assistant Director of Central Intelligence for Analysis and Production; moderated by Christopher Preble, Vice President, Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute.

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At the heart of recent national security controversies, including 9/11 and the war in Iraq, lies the troubled relationship between intelligence and policy. Two timely new books shine a spotlight on the problem. In Fixing the Facts, Joshua Rovner chronicles major episodes in the history of American foreign policy that have been closely tied to the manipulation of intelligence estimates and considers how these have affected military strategy, and the conduct of foreign policy. In Intelligence and U.S. Foreign Policy, Paul R. Pillar challenges the belief that intelligence drives major national security decisions, and he casts doubt on fixes intended to prevent future failures. He believes such efforts often waste critical resources and divert attention away from more sensible reforms. Please join the authors as they discuss their books, with comments by intelligence veteran and scholar Mark Lowenthal.

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