The Role of Focusing Events in Determining Intelligence Success and Failure (DRAFT)
Dahl, Erik J.
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The concept of "focusing event" has been used in the literature on government policy making to explain how disasters and crises can stimulate policy change and help organizations and decision-makers learn. Since the 9/11 attacks a number of scholars have noted that such attacks may, but do not always, serve as focusing events to help prevent future attacks. But little work has been done to examine the role that focusing events may have in determining intelligence performance. This paper examines the influence of focusing events in several cases of success and failure in preventing surprise attacks, and argues that in many cases prior intelligence failure is critical in determining whether intelligence agencies and officials are able to prevent future disaster.
DRAFTPrepared for presentation at the International Studies Association annual conference New Orleans, Louisiana, February 2010
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