Information as the New Arms Race
An official report last week reveals weaknesses in our effort to prevent another 9/11.
L. GORDON CROVITZ
Monday, September 21, 2009
The U.S. is the only country whose laws mandate the release of details of its intelligence goals and operations. Every four years, the National Intelligence Strategy document discloses the priorities of the usually hidden operations of the country’s 16 intelligence agencies.
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One previously top-secret disclosure last week was the amount the U.S. spends across its civilian and military intelligence operations. Mr. Blair said this is $75 billion a year, including 200,000 intelligence professionals. These details alert other countries to what it would take to close the intelligence gap.