CREATORSilberman, Laurence H. / Robb, Charles S.
TITLEReport of the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction
DATE ACCESSED29 August 2017

This is the final report of the Commission established by U.S. President George W. Bush in February 2004 to assess the capability of the U.S. intelligence community to identify and warn the government of activities involving weapons of mass destruction. The initial section examines past intelligence successes and failures concerning Iraq, Libya, Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, other terrorist threats, Iran, and North Korea. It stresses the need for better integration and innovation within the intelligence community. The second section, Looking Forward, makes specific recommendations for changes to the intelligence community, including ways to improve collection and analysis of information, information-sharing among involved organizations and agencies, unity in domestic and foreign intelligence gathering activities, counterintelligence and covert operations, and the ability of the intelligence community to deal with dangerous unconventional weapons threats to the United States. Finally, the authors emphasize the need for top policy makers to challenge intelligence assessments. Much of the report is concerned with nuclear threats. The appendices include a "primer" for readers not familar with the intelligence community.

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