intelligence failures

For this assignment, instead of looking at an intelligence problem, you will look at an intelligence failure. To get started, check out the Foreign Policy article linked below. The article highlights 10 of the biggest intelligence failures in US history. You are to select one of those failures as the subject of your paper. You may choose a failure not on the list, but if you do, you must get your topic approved by me. Please note, that your topic does not have to focus on US intelligence, it can look at the failure of another country’s intelligence agencies. Also note, that this is not intended to be a critique of any presidential administration past or present. Instead this is an analysis of the analytical pitfalls that led to the intelligence failure. This paper should include the following elements:

  • Title page
  • Introduction with strong thesis statement
  • Background and analysis of the intelligence failure
  • Assessment of which analytical techniques learned in this class could have prevented the failure (you may discuss more than one)
  • Conclusion
  • Bibliography

Friedman, Uri. (2012). “The Ten Biggest American Intelligence Failures.” Foreign Policy, (Jan 3)

General Requirements

1. Document Format:

a. MS Word document

b. One-inch (1”) margins

c. Times New Roman font

d. Twelve (12) pitch

e. Double spaced

f. This assignment should be 6-8 pages. This does not include your cover page and bibliography.

g. No pictures

2. Citation Format: The Chicago Manual of Style (CMS). As stated in the Academic Integrity Briefings, information taken directly from another source must be placed in quotations and cited following the CMS format contained in the week one “lessons” folder. You must cite all other information from your sources, even if you do not quote directly. DIRECT QUOTING SHOULD BE KEPT TO A MINIMUM.

3. Grading is based on the assignment rubric.

4. You must use 5 scholarly sources in completing this assignment. If you are unsure what scholarly means, please check out the APUS Library’s definition here.

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