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May 22, 2006

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Joe

Living in a Dream World here, Doc. You say, "The military does not have a strong incentive to create new intelligence risks or expand the scope of its activities to justify its existence." Sure it does. In fact having DIA without the CIA is perfect for the Department of Defense. The DoD and it's component services will be able to find enemy capabilities all the time, without the counter-balance of the CIA and its NIE's. The "Bomber Gap" and the "Missile Gap" were all opposed by the CIA. They played into the hands of the US Air Force. Which segues into, "And the military's internal budget constraint--the money its devotes to intelligence cannot support weapons or troops--would suggest some degree of internal evaluation about which kind of activity best promotes national security." Each service will find an enemy of its own. The Air Force will focus on Chinese Aerospace forces, the Army on whatever army or ground force technology that grants IT most access to defense funds, and the Navy will, probably, focus on the Chinese PLA Navy and defense of the Taiwan Straits. I ma NOT a proponent of the "Military-Industrial Complex" or much of a supporter of the CIA, but your reasoning is unsound. Rest assured that the military will be able to find all sorts of intelligence justifying each services "Core values" and favourite programs.

Alan Brown

Yeah, I think Joe makes some good points. The Pentagon spends billions it can't account for.

asg

Who exactly are the "Iran Contras"?

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