Hot Doc: Fixing Intel: A Blueprint for Making Intelligence Relevant in Afghanistan (a CNAS report)

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) released a new report today – “Fixing Intel: A Blueprint for Making Intelligence Relevant in Afghanistan.”  As the title indicates, the report looks at the issue of
the relevance of U.S. intelligence to the counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan.  The full report can be download at
http://www.cnas.org/files/documents/publications/AfghanIntel_Flynn_Jan2010_code507_voices.pdf

Information from the report page http://www.cnas.org/node/3924

This report critically examines the relevance of the U.S. intelligencecommunity to the counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan. The authors- Major General Michael T. Flynn, Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence in Afghanistan; his advisor Captain Matt Pottinger; and Paul Batchelor, Senior Advisor for Civilian/Military Integrations at ISAF – argue that because the United States has focused the overwhelming majority of
collection efforts and analytical brainpower on insurgent groups, the intelligence apparatus still finds itself unable to answer fundamental questions about the environment in which U.S. and allied forces operate
in and the people they are trying to protect and persuade.

Quoting  General Stanley McChrystal, the authors write that “Our senior leaders – the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Secretary of Defense, Congress, the President of the United States – are not getting the right information to make decisions with … The media is driving the issues.  We need to build a process from the sensor all the way to the political decision makers.”

This report is the blueprint for that process.  It describes the problem, details the changes, and illuminates examples of units that are”getting it right.”  It is aimed at commanders as well as intelligence professionals in Afghanistan, the United States and Europe.

Lori Lester
Assistant Professor &
Government Documents Librarian
Georgia Southern University
P.O. Box 8074-2
Statesboro, GA 30460
lllester@georgiasouthern.edu

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