Clapper and the Intelligence “Enterprise”

My take on retired Air Force General James Clapper, who’s been appointed by President Obama to be Director of National Intelligence, from Foreign Policy in Focus.

Clapper doesn’t lean toward either the Bush or Obama foreign policy agendas, nor does he fit into neat categories of left or right. Instead, he represents a continuation of the heavily contracted, military-driven intelligence policies of the last six years. And he is totally in synch with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, who represents the continuity between the national security agendas of George Bush and Barack Obama. Indeed, Clapper and Gates may be this administration’s strongest proponents of the way intelligence is used in today’s wars:  secret operations that combine all aspects of spying — human, signals, and geospatial — with close cooperation from the CIA and the highly secretive Joint Special Operations Command…

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