One week after the killing of 7 CIA officers in Afghanistan, an American military official has condemned U.S. intelligence failures.
A new report by the highest-ranking military intelligence officer in Afghanistan, Major-General Michael Flynn, says that there is too much emphasis on collecting information about capturing insurgents — and not enough on gathering basic information.
Flynn said that intelligence officials are “ignorant of local economics and landowners, hazy about who the power-brokers are and how they might be influenced…and disengaged from people in the best position to find answers.”
Fore more about the killing of the CIA officers and American intelligence-gathering efforts in Afghanistan, Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Jeff Stein, a former Army intelligence officer and author of the blog Spytalk.
Should the U.S. invest more to train intelligence officers in the languages and cultures of the places where they are posted?
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