Refocusing Intelligence: Keeping Intelligence Relevant Beyond the Global War on Terrorism
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Historically, the intelligence community has been unprepared to meet emerging threats. This is due to intelligence focusing on current and past threats rather than being oriented towards the future. The attacks on 9/11 and subsequent war on terrorism only cemented this fact. This study looks at the history of intelligence to reveal this pattern along with relevant reforms to the intelligence community. Unfortunately, the current reforms only meet the needs of the current issues facing the intelligence community without preparing the community for the future. Looking at potential threats faced by the nation, the potential shortfalls in intelligence become known. This study proposes four reform areas that are required in the intelligence community and ways to implement the reforms. Ultimately, unless further reforms are implemented, the intelligence community may remain unprepared to meet the intelligence needs of future conflicts and operations.