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Team B intelligence coups

Mitchell, GR (2006) Team B intelligence coups. Quarterly Journal of Speech, 92 (2). 144 - 173. ISSN 0033-5630

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The 2003 Iraq prewar intelligence failure was not simply a case of the U.S. intelligence community providing flawed data to policy-makers. It also involved subversion of the competitive intelligence analysis process, where unofficial intelligence boutiques "stovepiped misleading intelligence assessments directly to policy-makers and undercut intelligence community input that ran counter to the White House's preconceived preventive war of choice against Iraq. This essay locates historical precursors to such "Team B intelligence coups in the original 1976 Team B exercise and the 1998 Rumsfeld Commission report on ballistic missile threats. Since competitive intelligence analysis exercises are designed to improve decision-making by institutionalizing the learning function of debate, their dynamics stand to be elucidated through critique informed by argumentation theory. Such inquiry has salience in the current political milieu, where intelligence reform efforts and the investigations that drive them tend to sidestep the Team B intelligence coup phenomenon.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Mitchell, GRgordonm@pitt.eduGORDONM
Centers: University Centers > University Center for International Studies (UCIS)
Date: 1 May 2006
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Quarterly Journal of Speech
Volume: 92
Number: 2
Page Range: 144 - 173
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1080/00335630600817993
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Communication: Rhetoric and Communication
School of Medicine > Clinical and Translational Science
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0033-5630
Article Type: Review
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2012 21:14
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2019 06:55


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