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Document Type:Latin Dissertation
Language of Document:English
Record Number:54880
Doc. No:TL24834
Call number:‭1464473‬
Main Entry:Dean Springer
Title & Author:When spies become soldiers: Evaluating the CIA's role in covert actionDean Springer
College:University of Colorado at Boulder
Date:2008
Degree:M.A.
student score:2008
Page No:156
Abstract:The events of 9/11 and the failure to find Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) in Iraq have sparked a general debate in the United States regarding how the US intelligence community should be reformed to more effectively protect the nation. However, amidst this debate one aspect of American intelligence capabilities seems to be conspicuously under-addressed--namely covert action. A review of the CIA's involvement in covert action and the impact that this has on intelligence collection, intelligence analysis, and national security decision-making reveals that the CIA and the covert action bureaucracy must be reformed. The central purpose of this thesis is to use the policy sciences framework to think about intelligence collection and policy implementation, and the potential pitfalls of housing both activities in the same organization. This thesis explains how and why the CIA assumed its non-conventional war-fighting role; how this role has changed over time; and how the CIA's role--as both a policy input and an instrument of policy--adversely affects the US Government's intelligence and decision-making processes.
Subject:Social sciences; Central Intelligence Agency; Covert action; Intelligence; Policy; Special forces; War on terror; International law; Public administration; 0617:Public administration; 0616:International law
Added Entry:R. Pielke
Added Entry:University of Colorado at Boulder