Blinking Red: Crisis and Compromise in American Intelligence After 9/11

ISBN-10: 1612346154
ISBN-13: 9781612346151
Edition: 2013
Authors: Michael Allen
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Potomac Books Inc
Binding: Cloth Text 
Pages: 256
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

After the September 11 attacks, the 9/11 Commission argued that the United States needed a powerful leader, a spymaster, to forge the scattered intelligence bureaucracies into a singular enterprise to vanquish America’s new enemies—stateless international terrorists. In the midst of the 2004 presidential election, Congress and the president remade the post–World War II national security infrastructure in less than five months, creating the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and a National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC).Blinking Red illuminates the complicated history of the bureaucratic efforts to reform America’s national security after the intelligence failures of 9/11 and Iraq’s missing weapons of mass destruction, explaining how the NSC and Congress shaped the U.S. response to the 9/11 attacks. Michael Allen asserts that the process of creating the DNI position and the NCTC is a case study in power politics and institutional reform. By bringing to light the legislative transactions and political wrangling during the reform of the intelligence community, Allen helps us understand why the effectiveness of these institutional changes is still in question.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Author's Note
A Note on Intelligence and Its Terminology
A Short History of the Intelligence Community
Blow Up
The Making of a Juggernaut: The Origins of the 9/11 Commission and Its Recommendations
Tenet
Revolution Is Coming
Grand Vision
"The Fix Was In": Initial Consideration in Congress and the White House
Congressional August
The Devil in the Details: NSC Consideration of a DM and an NCTC
Cabinet Room
Attackers
High Ransom
Touching Gloves
Dirty Bombs
Time for a New Approach
Black Saturday
Win at All Costs
Bureaucratic Black Arts
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Index
About the Author

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