Over the past two years, one of the most thought-provoking observations I have heard from both military and intelligence folks is this: There are probably 500 al-Qaeda members left in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region. At most, the organization may have a couple thousand people worldwide.
The Post's "Top Secret America" series has spurred a great deal of debate in national security circles -- but it has also been a topic of discussion among designers and new media observers intrigued by the series' use of databases and interactive elements to help tell the story.
Army Col. (Ret.) Charles D. Allen, a professor of cultural science at the U.S. Army War College, said that the concept of a military or intelligence infrastructure that is too big to be managed is one that is frightening -- and that a new mode of leadership is required to cope with the complexity and size of today's armed forces.
In today's edition of The Post, an editorial discusses growth of intelligence programs in light of director of national intelligence nominee James R. Clapper Jr.'s varying remarks about the Top Secret America series.
July 22, 2010; 11:14 AM ET |
Tags: Director of National Intelligence, James R. Clapper, Senate Intelligence Committee, intelligence agencies, opinion
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Yahoo! News blog The Upshot has put together a cheat sheet of "the top 10 findings" from the Top Secret America project.
"The Obama administration, rather than reacting defensively, should seize the initiative by trying to control this behemoth. The paradox here is that a smaller, better-controlled intelligence community will actually make the country safer than the unmanaged sprawl we have now,"...
Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. James R. Clapper Jr. had some tart words for The Washington Post's "Top Secret America" series in an appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday on his nomination to become the next director of national intelligence.
On Monday morning, Acting Director of National Intelligence David C. Gompert weighed in on the reporting in The Washington Post series "Top Secret America." As the day progressed, lawmakers and White House press secretary Robert Gibbs weighed in as well....
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) released two documents about government redundancy and defense contracting in response to The Post's Top Secret America series.
July 19, 2010; 4:07 PM ET |
Tags: Dana Priest, ODNI, Office of Director of National Intelligence, Top Secret America, William Arkin, defense contracting, intelligence
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Updated 6:59 p.m. Acting Director of National Intelligence David C. Gompert issued a statement Monday morning (PDF) reacting to The Washington Post series "Top Secret America," by Dana Priest and William M. Arkin. "The reporting does not reflect the Intelligence...
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