26 Pages Posted: 1 Sep 2005
Date Written: August 2005
Two recent failures of the United States intelligence system have led to the creation of high-level investigative commissions. The failure to prevent the terrorist attacks of 9/11 prompted the creation of the 9/11 Commission, and the mistaken belief that Saddam Hussein had retained weapons of mass destruction prompted the creation of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission. We use insights from organizational economics to analyze the principal organizational issues raised by these commissions.
Keywords: Organizational economics, intelligence reform, war on terrorism
JEL Classification: D2, D8, H1, K0, L22, L32
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Garicano, Luis and Posner, Richard A., Intelligence Failures: An Organizational Economics Perspective (August 2005). CEPR Discussion Paper No. 5186. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=796171
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