State Bureaucratic Shifts
Larry Johnson discusses the prolonged innovation cycle/rule set shift lag time
Specifically his discusses the inability for a Beltway bound bureaucracy to instill a “field mentality” in its young case officers. Something the State department just got around to fixing with its foreign service officers in January when Rice announced a geopolitical shift of these officers from Cold War Europe to current “hot spots”.
Johnson cites the removal of Grenier (now former head of the CTC – Counter Terrorism Center) as evidence Goss may get around to reforming the CIA at some point; but makes sure to point out the future is bleak without a focused effort at dealing with this core problem.
The current turmoil at CIA will put this nation at risk if we do not get serious about training, supporting, and retaining a new generation of case officers who are willing and comfortable in working overseas for extended periods.
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