Change the Analyst and Not the System: A Different Approach to Intelligence Reform

@article{BarJoseph2008ChangeTA,
  title={Change the Analyst and Not the System: A Different Approach to Intelligence Reform},
  author={Uri Bar-Joseph and R. Mcdermott},
  journal={Foreign Policy Analysis},
  year={2008},
  volume={4},
  pages={127-145}
}
Recent intelligence failures, including first and foremost the mistaken estimate of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction (WMD) prior to the war, show that a prime source of such failures is the adherence by analysts to preconceptions (or mind-sets) which entail the rejection of new information that contradicts it. The source of this kind of problem lies in well known psychological mechanisms. Yet official investigations into intelligence blunders have typically ignored this problem or have not… Expand
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