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Dana Priest and William Arkin Report on the growing size of the US intelligence world.  In their report they question how effective the system is  and is there any way to determine that effectiveness?  This is only one part of the investigation but it does show how disjointed the US  intelligence apparatus is.  From my experience this is a very accurate report. 

I’ve read that some are worried about giving up secrets and locations in this report but I didn’t see anything that wasn’t easily available to anyone looking already so I don’t have the security concerns some might.  I do believe the system we have needs to be questioned. 

It’s not that there aren’t many good people doing good work, it’s that much of it is redundant and never even read. 

"I’m not aware of any agency with the authority, responsibility or a process in place to coordinate all these interagency and commercial activities," he said in an interview. "The complexity of this system defies description."

The result, he added, is that it’s impossible to tell whether the country is safer because of all this spending and all these activities. "Because it lacks a synchronizing process, it inevitably results in message dissonance, reduced effectiveness and waste," Vines said. "We consequently can’t effectively assess whether it is making us more safe."

I’ve personally seen the circle of information as one group (our team) reported information, then days later that same information was sent back to us as if it was something new.  I can’t even imagine how the intelligence picture looks at the highest levels.  I doubt anyone there has a clue.  Not because their dumb but because the volume and lack of coordination makes it impossible to retain. 

I look forward to part II of this report. 



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