Review: Lost Promise

4 Star, Intelligence (Government/Secret)
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4.0 out of 5 stars

Deepest look inside a broken secret analysis system,

April 8, 2000
John A. Gentry
John has written a very personal book, somewhat vitriolic in its attacks on both Bob Gates for politicization and Directorate of Intelligence managers in general for being both ignorant and lacking in courage. It is essential reading for anyone considering improvements in how we do intelligence analysis, and includes an eighteen-point program for reforming both the process of intelligence and the management of intelligence analysis. The figure on page 226 comparing the Traditional, Opportunity-Oriented, and Opportunism-Oriented “Schools” of intelligence analysis is alone worth the price of the book. Includes a number of interesting original internal documents from his fight with DI management.
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