Hudson Institute Presidential Transition Papers
January 8, 2009
by Christopher Ford
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It is important to return to a sense of balance in the relationship
between intelligence analysts and policymaking
intelligence consumers. Both parties need to understand
the complex parameters of this relationship, finding the
right sort of constructive tension at appropriate points
while still respecting the special strengths and institution
al roles each side brings to the table. This lesson of
Iraq will be an important one for President Obama and
his national security team to learn if they wish to govern
competently and effectively.
Christopher A. Ford was formerly Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Technology and Global Security at Hudson Institute.
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