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Spy Talk: 5 Ways to Read an Intelligence Report 

Spy Talk: 5 Ways to Read an Intelligence Report 

From the reliable SpyTalk,  retired CIA official Ronald Marks has some commonsense advice for those trying to understand the intelligence process. First of all, do remember it is analysis, not crystal ball gazing. Never in my long history with the CIA  has there been one perfect piece of information that tells the whole story. The...

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Haspel’s Pick for Deputy CIA Director Fulfills Brennan’s Plan

Haspel’s Pick for Deputy CIA Director Fulfills Brennan’s Plan

The appointment of a new Deputy Director of Analysis at the CIA shows how the vocabulary of the intelligence profession evolves to clarify (or conceal) the agency’s mission. Cynthia Rapp, a career CIA official in charge of preparing the President’s Daily Brief, will head the component of the agency that used to be called the...

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