Fixing the Facts National Security and the Politics of Intelligence

ISBN-10: 0801448298
ISBN-13: 9780801448294
Edition: 2011
Authors: Joshua Rovner
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 7/7/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 280
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.474
Language: English

What is the role of intelligence agencies in strategy and policy? How do policymakers use (or misuse) intelligence estimates? When do intelligence-policy relations work best? How do intelligence-policy failures influence threat assessment, military strategy, and foreign policy? These questions are at the heart of recent national security controversies, including the 9/11 attacks and the war in Iraq. In both cases the relationship between intelligence and policy broke down-with disastrous consequences. In Fixing the Facts, Joshua Rovner explores the complex interaction between intelligence and policy and shines a spotlight on the problem of politicization. Major episodes in the history of American foreign policy have been closely tied to the manipulation of intelligence estimates. Rovner describes how the Johnson administration dealt with the intelligence community during the Vietnam War; how President Nixon and President Ford politicized estimates on the Soviet Union; and how pressure from the George W. Bush administration contributed to flawed intelligence on Iraq. He also compares the U.S. case with the British experience between 1998 and 2003, and demonstrates that high-profile government inquiries in both countries were fundamentally wrong about what happened before the war.

Joshua Rovner is the John Goodwin Tower Professor of International Politics and National Security at Southern Methodist University, where he also serves as Director of Studies at the Tower Center for Political Studies.

Preface
A Basic Problem: The Uncertain Role of Intelligence in National Security
Pathologies of Intelligence-Policy Relations
Policy Oversell and Politicization
The Johnson Administration and the Vietnam Estimates
The Nixon Administration and the Soviet Strategic Threat
The Ford Administration and the Team B Affair
Intelligence, Policy, and the War in Iraq
Politics, Politicization, and the Need for Secrecy
Pathologies of Intelligence-Policy Relations
Varieties of Politicization
Notes
Index

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