Constructing Cassandra: Reframing Intelligence Failure at the CIA, 1947-2001

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Constructing Cassandra: Reframing Intelligence Failure at the CIA, 1947-2001

Format:  Hardcover,

375 pages

Publisher: Stanford Univ Pr

Publish Date: Aug 2013

ISBN-13: 9780804785808

ISBN-10: 0804785805

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"Constructing Cassandra" conducts an inquiry into the intelligence failures at the CIA that resulted in four key strategic surprises experienced by the US: the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, the Iranian revolution of 1978, the collapse of the USSR in 1991, and the 9/11 terrorist attacks. While some of these events may seem distant, these surprises still play out today in US policy. Although there has been no shortage of studies exploring how intelligence failures can happen, none of the prevailing explanations has been able to provide a "unified understanding" of the phenomenon. Without that understanding, failures will happen again--with dramatic consequences.
The book brings culture and identity to the foreground to present a model of strategic surprise that focuses on the internal make-up the CIA. It also takes seriously those Cassandras who offered warnings, but were ignored. By providing this novel, unified model of strategic surprise--that links terrorist attacks to more conventional failures--this book offers the first deep and systematic exploration of the ultimate sources of the CIA's intelligence failures, and points to ways to prevent future strategic surprises.

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Publisher: Stanford Univ Pr
Publish Date: Aug 2013
ISBN-13: 9780804785808
ISBN-10: 0804785805
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 375
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.46
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.25 x 9.5 x 1.0

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Constructing Cassandra conducts an inquiry into the intelligence failures at the CIA that resulted in four key strategic surprises experienced by the US: the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, the Iranian revolution of 1978, the collapse of the USSR in 1991, and the 9/11 terrorist attacks. While some of these events may seem distant, these surprises still play out today in US policy. Although there has been no shortage of studies exploring how intelligence failures can happen, none of the prevailing explanations has been able to provide a unified understanding of the phenomenon. Without that understanding, failures will happen again—with dramatic consequences.

The book brings culture and identity to the foreground to present a model of strategic surprise that focuses on the internal make-up the CIA. It also takes seriously those Cassandras who offered warnings, but were ignored. By providing this novel, unified model of strategic surprise—that links terrorist attacks to more conventional failures—this book offers the first deep and systematic exploration of the ultimate sources of the CIA's intelligence failures, and points to ways to prevent future strategic surprises.

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