Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts It’s a Cultural Thing: Thoughts on a Troubled CIA

It’s a Cultural Thing: Thoughts on a Troubled CIA


The CIA has recently been the subject of numerous presidential commissions and Congressional committees concerned either with the details of individual operations or with sweeping reforms in structure and organization. One of the repeated themes in these reports is that the Agency must change its “culture.” This article identifies and offers possible remedies for cultural problems in the two directorates (the Directorate of Intelligence and the Directorate of Operations) and Agency-wide, and argues for enhanced accountability.

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