By JOSHUA ROVNER
CIPS Policy Brief No. 18, June 2012
- Some amount of friction is normal in relations between intelligence agencies and policymakers. However, intelligence-policy relations become pathological when policymakers neglect intelligence or politicize it.
- The flawed estimates of Iraq’s supposed chemical, biological and nuclear weapons were the result of a complete collapse in intelligence-policy relations. Policy pressure before the war caused intelligence agencies to transform worst-case scenarios
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Joshua Rovner is Associate Professor of Strategy and Policy at the U.S. Naval War College. He is the author of the recent book, Fixing the Facts: National Security and the Politics of Intelligence (Cornell University Press, 2011).