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Issues Of National Security


Pick two of the questions from the questions below. The title of the book is
Richelson, Jeffrey T. 2011. The US Intelligence Community. Sixth Edition. Boulder CO:Westview Press.

This assignment is a take-home essay assignment to test knowledge and assimilation of the course learning objectives. The exclusive use of required texts and readings is mandatory. No outside sources are allowed. The assignment should be no more and no fewer than four pages – (two pages per question). It is due on the last day of class.

Question #1: Compare/contrast the roles and responsibilities of the former position of DCI (prior to post 9/11 changes) and the current position of the DNI. Be sure to be specific on such items as tasking, funding, and DCI/DNI relationships with other members of the IC, the Administration and Congress. 

Question #2: Provide your own assessment (properly supported with appropriate non-Wiki sources) as to whether you believe the DNI is fulfilling the intent of the 911 Commission that established the position, what issues still exist in this position’s acceptance, and whether the Commission's directives made a difference or not. 

Question #3: Explain why the US relies on Foreign Intelligence Services in countering the asymmetric threat, include within your answer three (3) specific examples, supported by references, why this is important for US National Security.

Question #4: During the course, you compared and contrasted the advantages and disadvantages of IMINT, SIGINT, MASINT, and HUMINT in supporting intelligence objectives. With that foundation how each of these disciplines complements the other in support of intelligence efforts (ensure you address the role that OSINT plays in this mix).


Title: Issues Of National Security
Length: 4 pages (1100 Words)
Style: Turabian


Question #2

There is supporting evidence that strategic events can cause a country to re-evaluate its national policies. Such a consequence is the events of the Pearl Harbor war with Japanese (1941) and Spunit launch by the Russians that gave impetus to the alteration of US policies with regards to their national security. Following the 9/11 attack; there was a spate to see a rigorous change in the institutions involved in intelligence information gathering and the effectiveness in which it was done.

In the outcome of the 9/11 act of terror, a commission of inquiry was set up to investigate the failures and shortcomings of information gathering and decipherment in the institutions assigned this role. The greatest fizzle uncovered was the perpetual friction between the CIA and the FBI, who demonstrated unwillingness to share intelligence information or data with the either counterpart. To solve this feud, the 9/11 commission recommended instituting the DNI as part of the reforms and re-structuring of intelligence.  Their emphasized role was to see to it that there was seamless information sharing between intelligence agencies and services.


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