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Greg Treverton

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Senior Policy Analyst, RAND; Author, Reshaping National Intelligence for an Age of Information.

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I, SPY: Fixing the CIA

with Robert Baer, Greg Trevertonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, April 1, 2002

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has a budget of about $3 billion and more than 16,000 employees working to identify and protect the United States from foreign threats. Yet the CIA failed to prevent the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. How come? Should the CIA have been able to foresee and prevent this sort of attack? Now that the cold war is over, is it time to abolish the CIA or reform it to respond to the new threat of terrorism? If reform is the answer, should the CIA put more emphasis on high technology or on placing agents in the field?