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The Intelligence Community in the United States
A brief review of the history of American intelligence agencies.
# 152836 | 702 words | 5 sources | APA | 2013 | US

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The paper first discusses the Secret Service, one of the oldest intelligence groups in the US, and then looks at the National Security Administration (NSA) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) that was created to help further delegate tasks that the NSA was unable to cover completely. The paper relates that the CIA and NSA were exclusively involved in overseas affairs while the FBI was a domestic intelligence agency, and over the years, these major agencies have come under the direction of the Department of Homeland Security. The paper discusses how each of these separate bodies has worked together to help supplement information collected by others when interests converge, and highlights how specific events have played a role in the forming of many of the US intelligence community's most prominent agencies.

The US Intelligence Community

From the Paper:

"The United States Intelligence Community has evolved over the past century to encompass both domestic and international operations. These operations have led the community toward multiple goals, and each defined goal or task has a specific agency designated to accomplishing what they set out to accomplish. The future is quite straightforward, as ever-changing targets and threats emerge from international locations. The US intelligence community will put most of its emphasis on international terrorist targets and threats like Al Qaeda and other fundamentalist operatives (Bush, 2006). These operatives are looking to strike the US on its home soil, but if the intelligence community is focused enough in their efforts, they will be able to intercede before strikes can be made within the US.
"The United States Intelligence Community is also becoming more and more focused on cyber threats and computer based attacks from abroad. These threats represent small yet important types of terrorist attacks (McConnell, 2007). The US Intelligence Community has quite a diverse set of goals, focuses, and targets; more so than when the Secret Service and other intelligence groups started out over a century ago. The number of potential threats from overseas has grown in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, and intelligence agencies have shifted much of their focus toward international threats."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bush, George W. 2006. The National Security Strategy of the United States. White House.
  • McConnell, Michael. 2007. "Overhauling Intelligence" Foreign Affairs, Vol. 86, No. 4.
  • Paulson, Terrence M. 2008. Intelligence Issues and Development. Nova Science: New York.
  • Pillar, Paul R. 2008. "Intelligent Design? The Unending Saga of Intelligence Reform." Foreign Affairs, Vol. 87, No. 2.
  • Richelson, Jeffrey. 1999. The US Intelligence Community. Westview Press, Boulder.

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