Intelligence for an Age of Terror

by Gregory F. Treverton

During the Cold War, U.S. intelligence was concerned primarily with states; non-state actors like terrorists were secondary. Now the priorities are reversed and the challenge is enormous. States had an address, and they were hierarchical and bureaucratic. They thus came with some 'story'. Terrorists do not. States were 'over there', but terrorists are there and here. They thus put pressure on intelligence at home, not just abroad. The strength of this book is that it underscores the extent of the change and ranges broadly across data collection and analysis, foreign and domestic, as well as presenting the issues of value that arise as new targets require collecting more information at home.

  • Cambridge University Press; March 2009
  • ISBN: 9780511512865
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  • Title: Intelligence for an Age of Terror
  • Author: Gregory F. Treverton
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press

In The Press

Reviews of the hardback: 'Intelligence for an Age of Terror provides the realistic and comprehensive template necessary for a reform of American intelligence programs. Gregory Treverton has relied on his long experience with the intelligence community and his wide and careful reading to produce what I believe to be the most valuable book on intelligence reform today. It will be widely read within the community, as it deserves to be. I hope it will be equally relied on as we undertake the difficult task of reconceptualizing the daunting challenge of providing understanding to leadership.' Phillip Bobbitt, Columbia University