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The US Intelligence Community
An examination of the history and development of US intelligence from World War II, leading up to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
# 118704 | 2,261 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2010 | US

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This paper examines the impact that World War II (WWII) had on the intelligence community in the United States. It looks at American intelligence from the 1930s to 1941 regarding WWII and then looks at intelligence post-war. The paper then discusses US intelligence in the 1970s and leading up to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The paper concludes that progress has been slow in the US intelligence community.

Table of Contents:
World War II and its Impact on the Intelligence Community
The Decade of Oversight

From the Paper:

"In the 1980s, under the Reagan administration, the Intelligence Community enjoyed tremendous growth. It also suffered a series of spy scandals that seriously compromised national security and outraged the public. Lengthy investigations produced voluminous reports but no change. Investigations into the Iran-Contra scandal discovered agencies, including the CIA, circumventing intelligence oversight requirements and recommended tightening controls and reporting requirements."
"The 1990s, brought chaos in the wake of the end of the Cold War. Iraq invaded Kuwait and the US responded with overwhelming force. Once again, CIA and military assessments were at odds with one another. Moreover, the war highlighted the difficulties the several services still had coordinating intelligence activities."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • The Need to Share: The U.S. Intelligence Community and Law Enforcement A White Paper prepared by the AFCEA Intelligence Committee April 2007
  • Best, Jr., Richard A. Proposals for Intelligence Reorganization, 1949-2004, CRS Report for Congress. Congressional Research Service. Updated September 24, 2004
  • Jeffreys-Jones, Rhodri. Cloak and Dollar : a History of American Secret Intelligence. 2nd ed. New Haven : Yale University Press, 2003.
  • Dezenski, Elaine & Sanderson, Thomas. Security in the Global Village. Wheaton Quarterly Spring 2007

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