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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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Black Budget for Military Intelligence Grows for 5th Straight Year

Black Budget for Military Intelligence Grows for 5th Straight Year

The Pentagon has requested nearly $23 billion for the Military Intelligence Program in fiscal year 2020. Besides the overall spending figure, the rest of the budget is secret. In general, it will support U.S. military intervention in Africa, Middle East, Latin American, and Asia. A 2016 Congressional Research Service report says the MIP represents “defense intelligence activities...

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South Korea’s Intelligence Service Has a Different Way of Doing Things

South Korea’s Intelligence Service Has a Different Way of Doing Things

As I follow the Korea denuclearization story in the Korean media, I am finding the South Korea’s National Intelligence Service does something remarkably responsible and sane: they provide elected officials with timely intelligence, in a classified and unclassified setting, on a regular basis. When the New York Times published an overhyped story last month that North...

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