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Intelligence and surprise attack : failure and success from Pearl Harbor to 9/11 and beyond

Author: Erik J Dahl
Publisher: Washington, DC : Georgetown University Press, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book examines why surprise attacks often succeed even though, in most cases, warnings had been available beforehand. The author challenges the conventional wisdom about intelligence failure, which holds that attacks succeed because important warnings get lost amid noise or because intelligence officials lack the imagination and collaboration to "connect the dots" of available information. Comparing cases of  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Erik J Dahl
ISBN: 9781589019980 1589019989
OCLC Number: 822028575
Description: x, 277 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: breaking the first law of intelligence failure --
Why does intelligence fail, and how can it succeed? --
Pearl Harbor: challenging the conventional wisdom --
The Battle of Midway: explaining intelligence success --
Testing the argument: classic cases of surprise attack --
The East Africa embassy bombings: disaster despite warning --
New York City: preventing a day of terror --
The 9/11 attacks: a new explanation --
Testing the argument: why do terrorist plots fail? --
Conclusion: preventing surprise attacks today --
Appendix: Unsuccessful plots and attacks against American targets, 1987-2012.
Responsibility: Erik J. Dahl.

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Examines why surprise attacks often succeed even though warnings in many cases had been available beforehand. This book offers a new understanding of cases such as Pearl Harbor, and provides  Read more...

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A defining book in understanding intelligence failure. It deserves to be a text studied heavily by students of intelligence, practitioners and policymakers. -- Kristian Gustafson International Read more...

 
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