"Reflections on CIA Analysis: Is It Finished?"
Despite the CIA's improved analytical tradecraft and increased
resources, George argues, the future of its analytic mission remains in
doubt. Post-9/ 11 improvements have been coupled with a continued focus
on current intelligence priorities that minimize attention to the development
of strategic research and deeper knowledge. Simply increasing the number
of analysts has not produced deeper expertise. The CIA's traditional recruitment
and training methods, as well as its rewards and promotion system, encourage
analysts to avoid concentrating on any single area, region or functional
expertise, and a continued reliance on risk-avoidance security practices
restricts analysts' contact with non-government and foreign experts.