Posts Tagged ‘intelligence community’


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How to Score the Final Clinton-Trump Debate


Wednesday October 19th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:18am PDT   •   0 Comments

With the revelations of the past weeks, the third presidential debate is sure to be one of the best shows in Las Vegas. Many observers have already had enough of the Clinton-Trump spectacle, but there are still some important things to look for. Observers might examine the candidates’ statements for some sense of the…
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Bombs and Budgets


Friday April 18th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 7:30am PDT   •   0 Comments

The first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing added new confusion to the tragedy. Some politicians still blamed the FBI for not following up on tips from Russian intelligence but a government report blames the Russians for not providing sufficient information. Whatever the case, some facts remain clear. No U.S. intelligence agency, military force,…
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Intelligence Colossus a Costly Failure


Monday September 9th, 2013   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:10am PDT   •   0 Comments

U.S. spy agencies call themselves an “intelligence community” (IC). The Washington Post has good reason to dub it an intelligence “colossus,” with 16 spy agencies and 107,035 employees. The IC “black budget” for fiscal year 2013 is $52.6 billion, a lot of money even by Washington standards, and that figure is separate from $23 billion…
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Spies and Leviathan


Monday December 10th, 2012   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:01am PST   •   1 Comment

The Pentagon plans to add the Defense Clandestine Service to the nation’s Intelligence Community (IC). This is being billed as an advance in national security but it shapes up as a costly bureaucratic turf war that could leave the nation less secure. The current IC boasts 17 member agencies: Air Force Intelligence Army Intelligence…
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