Miller Center

September 11th and the Adaptation Failure of American Intelligence Agencies

Speaker: Amy Zegart
Date: April 2, 2004
Time: 12:00 PM
Description

Amy Zegart is Assistant Professor of Policy Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. The following summary excerpt from the paper provides an overview of the talk:

"No one will ever know whether the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks
could have been prevented. However, a great deal of evidence already suggests the
intelligence community (IC) could have done better at combating terrorism in the years
before 9/11. While no organization is failure-proof, American intelligence agencies
showed a stunning inability to adapt to the rise of terrorism after the Cold War ended.
The critical question is why."

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