As Intelligence Evolves, Is the U.S. Getting Smarter About It?

The CIA Original Headquarters Building at Langley, Virginia (CIA photo).
The CIA Original Headquarters Building at Langley, Virginia (CIA photo).
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The summer’s headlines—from how to verify the Iran deal to combating the self-declared Islamic State to, most recently, new revelations about the National Security Agency (NSA) and the telecom giant AT&T—all have something in common: the role of intelligence in keeping the United States safe. For better or worse, since the release of diplomatic cables from Wikileaks and classified NSA documents from former government contractor Edward Snowden, the American public has a deeper understanding of at least some of the ways that intelligence contributes to U.S. national security. The NSA documents were the source of The New York Times’ recent […]

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