What the NIE Says About U.S. Intelligence Capabilities: Part II

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Last week, we highlighted an op-ed by Avner Cohen in Haaretz that argued that the unclassified summary of the latest NIE on Iranian nuclear capabilities demonstrates that U.S. intelligence collection capabilities are “suboptimal” when it comes to Iran and that the NIE analysis and its findings were “methodologically shallow, confusing and unprofessional.” We received Avner’s piece enthusiastically b/c it was the first piece we’d seen that examined the implications of the NIE for U.S. intelligence capabilities, rather than what the document said about Iran per se. Writing in the New York Times on Sunday, however, Tim Weiner examines the same […]


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