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Crisis and Compromise in American Intelligence after 9/11

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After the September 11 attacks, the 9/11 Commission concluded that the United States needed a single agency to pull the individual intelligence bureaucracies together into a single team to face the emerging intelligence challenges of the 21st century.  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). Michael Allen, Majority Staff Director of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, illuminates the history of the efforts to reform America’s national security after the intelligence failures of 9/11 and Iraqi WMD. Allen explains why the effectiveness of these profound changes is still in question.

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