Title: The Pentagon is Starting a New Intelligence Department. Thoughts about Government Intelligence Flaws.
Author: Andrew M Molchan
Date: Wed April 25th, 2012
4/25/2011, ANDY'S INSIGHTS. The Pentagon is Starting a New Spy/Intelligence Department. Thoughts about Intelligence Departments and Their Flaws.
There's no question about the Pentagon being grand strategy intelligence challenged. However, the standard wrong solution is to start one more yes-man, kiss ass, "Intelligence" Department and pretend that's the solution.
EVERY Federal Department of Government ALREADY has its own police force, and every one of those police forces as a de facto "Intelligence" part. There are so many hidden internal "Intelligence Departments" I've lost count. BUT YET, you could build an argument for Washington DC being the capital of Dumb.
Even the New York Police Dept. has an "Intelligence Service" that operates worldwide.
On the National, official level we have the: FBI, CIA, Homeland Security, the National Security Agency, the DEA, the Secret Service, the Central Security Service, etc., etc. Even the Post Office has its own police force and intelligence department.
The job of most of the intelligence departments (not all, but most), is to "Find" what their bosses want them to find, and ONLY what their bosses want them to find.
The world history of "Military Intelligence" is especially dismal. Basically, higher rank means your right - end of argument.
Suppose in 1965 I had become a Lieutenant in the US Army. I went to Vietnam as an "Intelligence Officer." Suppose I did a totally accurate and correct analysis of the Grand Strategy of the Vietnam War. Something I could have done because I had already done that. Then, suppose I gave this correct "intelligence" to General Westmoreland.
What do you think would have happened to me? (A), a promotion and thank you for a brilliant analysis? Or (B), a transfer to a front line combat unit in Laos?
I was intelligent enough to NOT be an intelligence officer in the Army. This is the problem with military grand strategy intelligence, and almost ALL of Washington DC "intelligence." You're only "right, trustworthy and loyal to America," if you find what your boss wants you to find.
The Bowles-Simpson intelligence committee was formed to analyze the grand strategy aspects of America's crumbling finances, and to make suggestions for corrections. One of Bowles-Simpson's KEY recommendations was that the American tax base be broadened. Something that I've been advocating for over two decades. Among many other flaws, a tax system where 38% of the Income Tax money comes from only 1% of the workers (70% of Income Tax from only 10% of the workers), while 50% of the workers pay ZERO (nothing) in Income Tax. Among many weaknesses, America's lopsided tax system is ALSO a very serious grand strategy MILITARY WEAKNESS. Take out 1% of the income tax payers and you've destroyed almost 40% of America's income.
The Bowles-Simpson "Intelligence" was two thing, (1) a correct analysis, and (2) what President Obama did NOT want to hear. So the report went into the toilet. In Washington DC the ONLY intelligence that's correct is what your boss wants you to find.
I guess hope does spring eternal. In 1974-75 I went to Washington DC trying to arm airline pilots so something like 9/11 couldn't happen. That wasn't the intelligence that Washington DC wanted, and I was laughed out of town.
The Pentagon's new Intelligence Department will be ANOTHER waste of time and money. It will be another Intel Dept. (highly inexperience) for the enemies of America to con with fabricated spy information.
Here's part of my current military analysis of what's needed for the survival of America. The current USA military budget of over $600 Billion needs to be cut by at least 1/3. One half would be better. The USA is 20% of the world's Gross Product (and declining), but has almost 50% of the world's military spending. For a Nation that's already balance sheet bankrupt that's insane. How many Generals and Admirals want to hear that?
Some of the many advantages of a smaller military budget is that it would be harder for America to get into stupid wars, in stupid places and for stupid reasons. And without 50% of the world's military spend there's NOT the compulsion to be fighting a war somewhere to justify the spending.
The Japanese used to put their smartest young officers into the Military Intelligence Department. The first six months of the Great Pacific War, from Dec 1941 to June 1942 can only be described as totally brilliant planning and tactics.
In early 1944 Prime Minister General Tojo was getting complaints from a few Japanese politicians about the deteriorating direction of the war. Looking for cover, General Tojo ordered the two smartest officers in the Japanese Military Intelligence Department to do an analysis of the war.
The two officers did their analysis in secret, and late one night brought it to General Tojo. Their analytical conclusion was that the war was hopeless for Japan. America had twice the population and five time the industrial capacity of Japan. America was a major world oil producer, while Japan's Indonesian oil supply (its only oil supply) was being strangled by an increasing USA submarine war. The Japanese war in China (going since 1931) was stalled. Considering the growing Japanese troop needs against the increasing American Pacific forces, the war in China was unwinnable. The Russians were clearly winning in Europe and had taken the initiative. The two Japanese Intelligence Officers said that Japan should try and make peace as soon as possible on the best terms Japan could get.
General Tojo politely thanked the two officers for their work. A week later the two officers were transferred to Northern Manchuria and never seen again.