The CIA and Counterintelligence Analytical Essay by Nicky

The CIA and Counterintelligence
Looks at some of the counterintelligence functions, successes and failures of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
# 148477 | 3,240 words | 6 sources | APA | 2011 | US

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This paper reviews counterintelligence in general and the counterintelligence milieu of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agency as it serves the needs of commanders and policymakers. Next, the author describes the methods and procedures in performing its intelligence function that the CIA follows, which is called the Intelligence Cycle. After reviewing some of the flaws, failures and successes of the CIA, the paper concludes that it is still a viable institution without which the country would be exposed to attack both from the outside and covert.

Table of Contents:
Table of Contents
Defining Intelligence
Intelligence in the United States
The Intelligence Role of the Central Intelligence Agency
The Intelligence Cycle
The Intelligence Cycle and the Counterintelligence Role of the CIA
Organization of the CIA and Counterintelligence Roles of the Directorates
The Need for Counterintelligence
The National Counterintelligence Strategy of the United States of America
CIA Under Fire
Counterintelligence Capabilities of the CIA

From the Paper:

"More than likely, the minute details or the implementation plans for the strategic counterintelligence initiative are contained in classified documents of each concerned intelligence agency. Nevertheless, it is commendable for the United States to have gotten its act together with regards to the strategic management of the intelligence and counterintelligence functions of the nation. History has shown that there have been several debacles in the intelligence and counterintelligence history of the United States. A case in point is the failure of the CIA to read the various indicators and warnings related to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • The Central Intelligence Agency. (2009). [Online] Retrieved April 24, 2009 from the Website:
  • Clark, J. Ransom. (2009). The literature of intelligence: A bibliography of materials, with essays, reviews, and comments. [Online] Retrieved April 24, 2009 from the Website:
  • Commission Report on the Roles and Capabilities of the United States Intelligence Community. (1995). Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office.
  • Giraldi, Philip. (2009, February 29). Counter intelligence: Today's CIA serves contractors and bureaucrats--not the nation. [Online] Retrieved April 24, 2009 from the American Conservative database on the Website:
  • The National Counterintelligence Strategy of the United States of America. (2007). [Online] Retrieved April 24, 2009 from the Website:

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