chapter  8
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Improving intelligence analysis as a profession

In 1985, then-CIA officer George Allen assessed the state of the national security intelligence profession. As he observed:

Many of the problems that have given rise to criticism of intelligence can be attributed to a lapse of professionalism in intelligence services. Deficiencies

in expertise, unmet responsibilities, and corporate weaknesses are apparent in most of the so-called intelligence failures from Pearl Harbor through the Bay of Pigs to Iran. Individual and corporate commitment to professional excellence can diminish the likelihood of such deficiencies in the future. The effectiveness of intelligence can be enhanced, and public confidence in its performance restored, through the further professionalization of the vocation and its institutions.1