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Outsourcing US IntelligenceContractors and Government Accountability$
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Damien Van Puyvelde

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474450225

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474450225.001.0001

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The Future of Intelligence Outsourcing

The Future of Intelligence Outsourcing

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Outsourcing US Intelligence

Damien Van Puyvelde

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter considers the outcome of the US government’s efforts to reform the accountability regime for intelligence contractors. The chapter shows that further efforts are and will be needed to continue fill accountability gaps and adapt the national intelligence effort to the security environment. To avoid past mistakes and provide greater coherence to this effort, adaptation should focus on three essential questions: What (not) to outsource? When to outsource? How to outsource? Answers to these questions emphasize the need for more coherent policies and planning in the domain of human resources, and in particular a more stable pool of government personnel to cope with the ebb and flow of intelligence requirements.

Keywords:   Intelligence requirements, Intelligence workforce, Inherently governmental functions, Management, Human capital, Strategic planning

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