By Lawrence Freedman

The writer examines intimately the association of the U.S. intelligence group, its makes an attempt to watch and expect the improvement of Soviet forces from the early days of the chilly battle, and the way those makes an attempt affected American coverage and guns production.

Originally released in 1987.

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USIB directiv«"s defined for member agencies subjects in which organisational expertise had to be maintained, and certain NIEs would be scheduled for publication well in advance of the actual estimating process being set in motion. Many estimates were 'standing orders' with timing geared to the budgetary cycle. When the USIB decided that a particular NIE was required, on its own initiative or following an NSC request, it would send out to all agencies the Terms of Reference (TOR) for the study.

20 John McCone, who tentatively recommended Helms as his successor, had one main reservation about him; that he had no independent political base. General Smith had had rank, Allen Dulles his brother, and McCone had had money and outside political support. 21 Helms had none of these. He seems to have viewed the most effective form of job security as being the exercise of strong control over the CIA, which he achieved with a certain ruthlessness, and an attempt to keep the President happy. This proved to be difficult under the Nixon Administration.

Consequently it does not appear that any member of the community is able to achieve significant advantages in controlling the quality of finished intelligence through the control of the supply of information. All agencies have access to the same data gathered for strategic intelligence purposes. There are two significant qualifications to this statement. First, it is likely that the produce of many of the collection programmes for 'tactical' intelligence, run by the individual services, is not distributed widely.

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