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Bringing Intelligence About - Practitioners Reflect on Best Practices

Bringing Intelligence About - Practitioners Reflect on Best Practices

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BRINGING INTELLIGENCE ABOUT
 Practitioners Reflect on Best Practices
With a Foreword by
 Mark M. Lowenthal 
Assistant Director of Central Intelligence
PCN 48389ISBN 0-9656195-4-0
 
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Joint MilitaryJoint MilitaryIntelligence CollegeIntelligence College
BRINGING INTELLIGENCE ABOUT
Practitioners Reflect on Best PracticesMay 2003Russell G. Swenson, EditorWith a Foreword byMark M. LowenthalAssistant Director of Central Intelligence
 
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The Joint Military Intelligence College supports and encourages  research on intelligence that distills lessons and improves support to  policy-level and operational consumers, and that familiarizes the  public with aspects of the intelligence profession.
Bringing Intelligence About: Practitioners Reflect on Best PractitionersThe title chosen for this book carries two meanings. The more straightforward interpretation of“Bringing Intelligence About,’’ and the principal one, refers to the book's coverage of wide-rangingsources and methods employed to add value to national security-related information—to create“intelligence.’’ A second meaning, not unrelated to the first, refers to the responsible agility expectedof U.S. intelligence professionals, to think and act in such a way as to navigate information collectionand interpretation duties with a fix on society's shifting but consensual interpretation of the U.S. Con-stitution. A prominent individual and ideal intelligence professional who lived both meanings of “Bringing Intel-ligence About’’ was the late Lieutenant General Vernon A. Walters. As an intelligence officer, defenseattache, ambassador-at-large and ambassador to Germany, his combination of skills—notably hislanguage skills—made him the epitome of a professional. Beyond intelligence service in the Depart-ments of Defense and of State, General Walters presided as Deputy Director of Central Intelligenceduring the Watergate episode, where he stood on principle and at odds with political figures in theNixon administration. His mastery of intelligence collection, analysis and politically attuned synthesis,the full story of which has not yet been told, make him a near-mythic figure for aspiring intelligenceprofessionals.Although the talents and assignments of General Walters were extraordinary, his demonstration thatintelligence aptitudes and skills are fungible across Departments and Agencies is a powerful sugges-tion that those separate institutions can also operate together as a professional community. The papers in this publication are based exclusively on sources available to the public and the viewsexpressed are those of the respective authors, and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or posi-tion of the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense or the U.S. Government.This publication has been approved for unrestricted distribution by the Office of the Secretary ofDefense (Public Affairs). Copies of this publication are available in limited quantities to U.S. Govern-ment officials, and to the public through the National Technical Information Service (www.ntis.gov),or the U.S. Government Printing Office (www.gpo.gov).Russell.Swenson@dia.milEditorLibrary of Congress Control Number 2001-126998ISBN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0-9656195-4-0

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