The importance of intelligence

Michael Morell, ASPI Strategist, August 31st, 2016

Today is the golden age of intelligence. It’s a great time to be an intelligence officer. If our intelligence services were for-profit enterprises, investors would want to make long-term investments in them. Business is that good.

Why is this the case? It’s the coming together of two important developments. The first is that the number of critical national security issues facing US senior policymakers has never been greater than it is today. There have been times of greater danger—the Cuban Missile Crisis, for example—but there has never been a time in when the sheer number of issues has been so large.

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