Review: Keeping U.S. Intelligence Effective — The Need for a Revolution in Intelligence Affairs

4 Star, Change & Innovation, Complexity & Resilience, Intelligence (Government/Secret), Intelligence (Public), Public Administration
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William Lahneman

4.0 out of 5 stars Rock Solid Starting Point for Ethical Revolution in Intelligence Affairs

May 14, 2011

This is a solid four-star piece of work with the right intellectual and moral attitude. It is noteworthy for recognizing that a “revolution in intelligence affairs” has not taken place, and that everything done to date has been at best incrementalism if not outright pathologicial self-destruction. Those who are not themselves revolutionaries in the intelligence discipline, and especially those who are just starting out and need an innoculation against the embedded idiocy of the current hierarchy of seniors all too eager to pander to unethical politicans, would do well to read this book. It is more than satisfactory as a starting point for getting it right.

I know the author and his earlier work, and consider this book to be a very fine contribution with perspectives that have been completely absent among the self-proclaimed “in-house” reformists.

See Also (live links at Phi Beta Iota the Public Intelligence Blog):

Graphic: Intelligence Maturity Scale

2010: Human Intelligence (HUMINT) Trilogy Updated

2010 The Ultimate Hack Re-Inventing Intelligence to Re-Engineer Earth (Chapter for Counter-Terrorism Book Out of Denmark)

INTELLIGENCE for EARTH: Clarity, Diversity, Integrity, & Sustainaabilty

All of my books are free online so please don't take this as pimping them–the below books and the one above are the series on intelligence revolution, as yet not recognized nor implemented by any nation.

On Intelligence: Spies and Secrecy in an Open World
The New Craft of Intelligence: Personal, Public, & Political–Citizen's Action Handbook for Fighting Terrorism, Genocide, Disease, Toxic Bombs, & Corruption
Peacekeeping Intelligence: Emerging Concepts for the Future
Information Operations: All Information, All Languages, All the Time
THE SMART NATION ACT: Public Intelligence in the Public Interest
Collective Intelligence: Creating a Prosperous World at Peace

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