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Title: Intelligence Failures: An Organizational Economics Perspective

Author(s): Luis Garicano and Richard A. Posner

Publication Date: August 2005

Keyword(s): intelligence reform, organizational economics and war on terrorism

Programme Area(s): Industrial Organization and Public Economics

Abstract: 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 analyse the principal organizational issues raised by these commissions.

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Garicano, L and Posner, R. 2005. 'Intelligence Failures: An Organizational Economics Perspective'. London, Centre for Economic Policy Research.