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The Resource Why intelligence fails : lessons from the Iranian Revolution and the Iraq War, Robert Jervis, (electronic book)

Why intelligence fails : lessons from the Iranian Revolution and the Iraq War, Robert Jervis, (electronic book)

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Why intelligence fails : lessons from the Iranian Revolution and the Iraq War
Title
Why intelligence fails
Title remainder
lessons from the Iranian Revolution and the Iraq War
Statement of responsibility
Robert Jervis
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The U.S. government spends enormous resources each year on the gathering and analysis of intelligence, yet the history of American foreign policy is littered with missteps and misunderstandings that have resulted from intelligence failures. In Why Intelligence Fails, Robert Jervis examines the politics and psychology of two of the more spectacular intelligence failures in recent memory: the mistaken belief that the regime of the Shah in Iran was secure and stable in 1978, and the claim that Iraq had active WMD programs in 2002. The Iran case is based on a recently declassified report Jervis was commissioned to undertake by CIA thirty years ago and includes memoranda written by CIA officials in response to Jervis's findings. The Iraq case, also grounded in a review of the intelligence community's performance, is based on close readings of both classified and declassified documents, though Jervis's conclusions are entirely supported by evidence that has been declassified. In both cases, Jervis finds not only that intelligence was badly flawed but also that later explanations-analysts were bowing to political pressure and telling the White House what it wanted to hear or were willfully blind-were also incorrect. Proponents of these explanations claimed that initial errors were compounded by groupthink, lack of coordination within the government, and failure to share information. Policy prescriptions, including the recent establishment of a Director of National Intelligence, were supposed to remedy the situation. In Jervis's estimation, neither the explanations nor the prescriptions are adequate. The inferences that intelligence drew were actually quite plausible given the information available. Errors arose, he concludes, from insufficient attention to the ways in which information should be gathered and interpreted, a lack of self-awareness about the factors that led to the judgments, and an organizational culture that failed to probe for weaknesses and explore alternatives. Evaluating the inherent tensions between the methods and aims of intelligence personnel and policymakers from a unique insider's perspective, Jervis forcefully criticizes recent proposals for improving the performance of the intelligence community and discusses ways in which future analysis can be improved
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MiAaPQ
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1940-
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Jervis, Robert
Dewey number
955.05/3
Index
index present
LC call number
JK468.I6
LC item number
J48 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Cornell studies in security affairs
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Intelligence service
  • Iraq War, 2003-2011
  • Weapons of mass destruction
  • Iran
  • United States
  • United States
Label
Why intelligence fails : lessons from the Iranian Revolution and the Iraq War, Robert Jervis, (electronic book)
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
EBC3137968
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
ix, 238 p.
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Isbn
9780801447853
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Reproduction note
Electronic resource.
Specific material designation
remote
Label
Why intelligence fails : lessons from the Iranian Revolution and the Iraq War, Robert Jervis, (electronic book)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
EBC3137968
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
ix, 238 p.
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Isbn
9780801447853
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Reproduction note
Electronic resource.
Specific material designation
remote

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