The Production of Intelligence
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This chapter discusses the intelligence successes and failures. Just as a tour of a factory should take the early stages of production and not the finished product as its starting point, a discussion of the production of intelligence has to begin at the beginning. The intelligence cycle is an indication by its consumers of the kind of information needed. These needs are conveyed to senior intelligence officials, who in turn inform the collectors. The collectors obtain information, then the "raw" intelligence is turned into finished intelligence which is eventually supplied to the consumers. Of the various means used in technical reconnaissance, photo intelligence is the youngest, though not by much. According to a prediction, probably apocryphal, by the German General Fritsch, the side with the best photo reconnaissance would win the war. The provision of analysis to policy makers was the major purpose of intelligence, the production of intelligence was referred to as the "stepchild of the community".