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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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Identification Number: 10.1257/089533005775196723


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.

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Additional Information: © 2009 JEP
Divisions: Management
Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2009 16:53
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 13:11

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