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Intelligence failures: an organizational perspective

Garicano, Luis and Posner, Richard A. (2005) Intelligence failures: an organizational perspective. Journal of Economic Perspectives, 19 (4). pp. 151-179. ISSN 0895-3309

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Abstract

Two recent failures of the U.S. intelligence system have led to the creation of high-level investigative commissions. The failure to prevent the terrorist attacks of 9/11 prompted the creation of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (2004), or 9/11 Commission.The mistaken belief that Saddam Hussein had retained weapons of mass destruction prompted the creation of the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction (2005), or the WMD Commission. In this paper, we use insights from organizational economics to analyze the principal organizational issues these commissions have raised in the ongoing discussion about how to prevent intelligence failures.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.aeaweb.org/jep/index.php
Additional Information: © 2009 JEP
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Sets: Research centres and groups > Managerial Economics and Strategy Group
Departments > Management
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Collections > Economists Online
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2009 16:53
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/25554/

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