» » Informing Statecraft: Intelligence for a New Century

eBook Informing Statecraft: Intelligence for a New Century download

by Angelo Codevilla

eBook Informing Statecraft: Intelligence for a New Century download ISBN: 0029119154
Author: Angelo Codevilla
Publisher: Free Press; 1st edition (March 30, 1992)
Language: English
Pages: 491
ePub: 1182 kb
Fb2: 1971 kb
Rating: 4.9
Other formats: txt rtf rtf txt
Category: Biography
Subcategory: True Crime

Angelo M. Codevilla (born May 25, 1943) is an Italian-US professor emeritus of international relations at what is now the Pardee School of Global . New York: Basic Books. Informing statecraft : intelligence for a new century. New York: Free Press.

Angelo M. Codevilla (born May 25, 1943) is an Italian-US professor emeritus of international relations at what is now the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University. Navy officer, a foreign service officer, and professional staff member of the Select Committee on Intelligence of the United States Senate. Codevilla's books and articles range from French and Italian politics to the thoughts of Machiavelli and Montesquieu to arms control, war, the technology of ballistic missile defenses, and a broad range of international topics.

Informing Statecraft book. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Start by marking Informing Statecraft: Intelligence for a New Century as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read.

Informing Statecraft : Intelligence for a New Century. Codevilla argues that US intelligence, comprising the remnants of World War II and the Vietnam War, is out of touch with political conditions in the 1990s. He warns that intelligence failures in the past pale in comparison with the deep malaise affecting the entire service today.

Statecraft works with information, and our intelligence community is not providing the relevant information: This is Codevilla's thesis, and in developing it he offers a balanced history of intelligence, as well as some criticisms of the US intelligence community. For those who wonder how the U-2 happened to be over Russia as Eisenhower was traveling to meet Khrushchev, why Cuba was considered ripe for the picking, who was minding the store when we entered Vietnam, or how a Soviet spy.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Yes, Informing Statecraft: Intelligence for a New Century is relentlessly critical of the blundering past performance of various administrations, . "Note well that liberals in America, when in charge of government at any level, of university faculties, or of CIA directorates, take care to hire and award contracts to likeminded folk and to exclude others.

Codevilla, Angelo M. (2010)

One of his first published books. Codevilla, Angelo M. (2010). The ruling class : how they corrupted America and what we can do about it (1st paperback alkali paper e. New York: Beaufort Books. A student's guide to international relations.

Home Codevilla, Angelo Informing Statecraft: Intelligence for a New Century. We also sell new Schiffer and Fedorowicz books for 20% off list price. Informing Statecraft: Intelligence for a New Century. ISBN 10: 0743244842, ISBN 13: 9780743244848. Published by Simon & Schuster, New York, NY, . Condition: Near Fine Hardcover. From DBookmahn's Used and Rare Military Books (Burke, VA, .

Informing Intelligence: Intelligence For A New Century. By Angelo M. Codevilla. Informing Intelligence: Intelligence For A New Century. The author, who served on the Senate intelligence committee, is a spear-thrower from the political right, but some of the spears are on the mark. His book is part primer, part history and part polemic. It is a little scattered, and he finds it hard to wrench the analysis into the 1990s from his preoccupations of the 1970s-Soviet missiles and defenses against them. But American intelligence has become bureaucratic-for reasons good and bad.

Informing statecraft. by. Angelo Codevilla. Intelligence service - United States. Intelligence service. inlibrary; printdisabled; ; china.

Informing Policy is more important than stealing secrets, April 8, 2000. An analyst and political staffer by nature, the strength of this book rests on the premise in the title: that intelligence should be about informing policy, not about collecting secrets for secrets’ sake. It is not too gross an exaggeration that when considering any given threat, DIA will overestimate, CIA will underestimate, and INR will blame the .

Provides some suggestions for revamping the American intelligence network, which has evolved erratically since the Vietnam War and is now desperately outdated in its methods
Comments: (7)
This book, although first published in 1991,remains an interesting and relevant meditation on the role of intelligence in support of U.S. national level decision makers and in the formulation of national security policies. Codevilla identifies such intelligence as `national intelligence' to distinguish it from military or other types of intelligence. His argument is that CIA, is the principal agency responsible for producing national intelligence, but requires a significant internal cultural change if it is to do so effectively.
He supports his argument with a rather well developed operational history of CIA in which he points out the dominance of the clandestine collection and covert operations side of CIA (known variously as the Directorate of Plans (DP) and Directorate of Operations (DO)) to the determent of an effective national intelligence program based on CIA's research and analysis side (Directorate of Intelligence). He is particularly scathing on the crown jewel of CIA national intelligence production, the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE). He observes correctly that an appallingly large number of NIEs have either been outright wrong or ignored or both wrong and ignored (and this was before the notorious WMD NIE).
Codevilla has a good deal to say about CIA's record of clandestine collection and covert action, but this was not the main theme of his book. His central point was that CIA had the primary role of providing the executive branch of government, the decision makers, with the best information available and had consistently failed to do so. He offers a rather unique but absolutely correct solution to this which is to change the culture of the analytic arm of CIA to reflect greater emphasis on subject matter expertise by analysts and to hold them accountable not for the number of reports they produce, but for their quality.
In 2004 the Office of Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) was created and responsibility of NIE production along with the National Intelligence Council was then transferred to this office. It has yet to be determined if this move has materially improved intelligence support to the executive branch.
The National Security Establishment and CIA in particular have ignored this book for twenty years and are unlikely to pick it up at this late date. This doesn't make the book any less true or important. It would be a good companion to a more recent study of national intelligence issues, "Strategic Intelligence" (Scarecrow Press, 2009) by Don McDowell. McDowell is an Australian whose views dovetail nicely those of Codevilla.
A very comprehensive study and expository on the American Intelligence community.
I'm going to sound like a schoold-girl with an infatuation if I let what I think about this book out. One hears many reviews that begin with "This book should be the first book anyone reads about blah blah blah", but this is a rare case of crystal clear thinking about intelligence that amounts to a genius. Were I to make or run an intelliegence agency, this book would be the first book I would give to my officers and agents.
Maybe the reason for Mr. Codevilla's excellence is his devotion to translating Machiavelli (now that's someone I'd like to have in an intelligence agency), or maybe not. What I do know is this book talks first and foremost about the basic questions intelligence operations should be asking about themselves and their work.
I've read a lot of books about intelligence agencies, but they all end up being either a) anecdotal, story like intepretations, b) partisan tracts on different aspects of intelligence work, or c) op-ed pieces.
I would put this book even above such works as "The Puzzle Palace". The only other book I have read with this caliber material was on Russian intelligence, "The New KGB: Engine of Soviet Power".
This book, however, takes the cake, and it restores my faith in looking up obscure intellectuals- this reminds me of the HL Mencken maxim- "There are only two types of books: the kind of books people read and the kinds of books people should read". This book is the latter. Buy it and read it twice.
Yes, Informing Statecraft: Intelligence for a New Century is relentlessly critical of the blundering past performance of various administrations, e.g., "Note well that liberals in America, when in charge of government at any level, of university faculties, or of CIA directorates, take care to hire and award contracts to likeminded folk and to exclude others." P 231.

And, yes the aphorisms are authentic, fascinating, and call for radical reformation e.g., "Sound knowledge of a disorderly world, rather than faith in a trouble free, post-end-of-history `new world order,' will best fit nations to thrive in the twenty-first century." P 72. "There is never enough intelligence to guarantee instant success at no cost and never enough to overcome entrenched prejudice." P 213. "It is more important to define what any particular job, e.g., espionage, is to accomplish, how it is to be accomplished, and to hire the right kinds of people to do it, than it is to decide for which bureaucracy these people will work." P 293.

But the roots of this work lie deep in lessons that humankind desperately needs to understand now at the beginning of the new millennium: the mystery of foreign lands and the mystery of the language, culture, and people integral to them.
o Despite superficial signs of a uniform world culture (cassette recorders, jeans, soda pop, burgers, rock groups), Africans are becoming more African, Asians more Asian, Russians more Russian, etc. The often astonishingly good English spoken by young people from Moscow to Mecca - never mind the Indian subcontinent, where it is the lingua franca - has led many U.S. analysts to the disastrous conclusion that foreigners can be understood in terms of what they say in English. On the contrary, their English words are our symbols, to which they do not necessarily attach the same meaning or convictions we attach. P 239.
o The characteristics of the person sent to gather information often make the difference between information that is useful and information that is worse than useless. P 301.
o The network is most important. Closed terrorist cells in the Middle East are part of the semiopen entourages of terrorist chieftains who are part of overt Palestinian politics in which Arab governments take major parts. P 311.
o Among the most effective forms of propaganda is the propaganda of the deed-the sight of a corpse, and the feeling that one may be next. Nothing so cements a movement for the long run as martyrs, nor changes a government so definitively as killing its members or supporters. P 375.

After my first reading of Informing Statecraft, I read it at random, and find that no matter where I pick up the thread, it produces a comprehensively researched and unrivaled account of the intelligence industry. As always, Codevilla navigates the shoals of this information with great skill and dexterity.