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Best Truth - Berkowitz, Bruce D.; Goodman, Allan E. - Yale University Press
  • Feb 09, 2000
    224 p., 5 1/2 x 8 1/4
    9 b/w illus.
    ISBN: 9780300093971
    Paper: $24.00 tx
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Best Truth

  • Bruce D. Berkowitz and Allan E. Goodman
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Confronted by the new challenges of the information age and the post-Soviet world, the U.S. intelligence community must adapt and change. And marginal change is not enough, the authors of this provocative book insist. Bruce D. Berkowitz and Allan E. Goodman call for fundamental, radical reforms in the organization and approach of America’s intelligence agencies. They show why traditional approaches to intelligence fall short today, and they propose thoughtful alternatives that take into account recent changes in information technology and intelligence requirements.

An information-age intelligence service would move away from a rigid, hierarchical structure toward a more fluid, networked organization, the authors explain. They recommend a system that would utilize the private sector—with its access to more capital and its ability to move more quickly than a government organization. At the same time, this system would encourage government intelligence operations to concentrate on the specialized, high-risk activities they are uniquely able to perform. Berkowitz and Goodman examine recent failures of the intelligence community, discuss why traditional principles of intelligence are no longer adequate, and consider the implications for such broad policy issues as secrecy, covert action, and the culture of the intelligence community.

Bruce D. Berkowitz is a widely published author and serves as a senior consultant at RAND. His previous books include American Security: Dilemmas for Modern Democracy, published by Yale University Press. Allan E. Goodman was executive dean and professor of international affairs at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service while working on this book. He recently became president and chief executive officer of the Institute of International Education.

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