Friday, October 07, 2005

Can't See the Forest for the Trees

Intelligence experts speaking at the recent Eisenhower National Security Conference in Washington, DC, said the data collection done through satellites, UAVs, and other electronic/technological means is great, but intelligence agencies have let themselves become overwhelmed by the flood of data.

The argument repeatedly offered by former CIA chief George Tenet and others that "you never hear about intelligence successes, only failures," because the information is classified or whatever, just doesn't wash, they said. Intel analysis today is basically a glorified CNN -- not enough creative thinking goes into analyzing information gathered. What's the solution? They're not sure.

For more on this see "Intel Community Ineffective, Experts Say."


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