National Intelligence and National Security: A Historian’s Perspective

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Richard H. Immerman

Historian and former Director of the Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy, Temple University

Drawing on his CIA scholarship and tenure as an Assistant Deputy Director of National Intelligence, Richard H. Immerman will assess the relationship between national intelligence and national security. In doing so, he will explain the evolution of his thinking as he shifted his focus from covert operations to analysis.   Hence he will emphasize the role of intelligence in the formulation of national security policy in contrast to that policy’s execution. He will also discuss the transformation in the US intelligence enterprise since the 9/11 tragedy and the flawed 2002 National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq’s Continuing Programs for Weapons of Mass Destruction.