Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Program on Energy and Sustainable Development Stanford University


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Focus on Officers, Not the Media

Opinion Piece/Newspaper Article

Amy Zegart - CISAC Faculty Member; Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution; Professor of Political Economy (by courtesy), Graduate School of Business

Published by
The New York Times, December 3, 2012

CISAC Faculty Member Amy Zegart explains the politics behind leading the CIA: winning trust and support within the organization and with outsiders. David Petraeus excelled at maintaining outside support for the CIA, but could not win over the intelligence community. 

Thee next CIA director will need to address major problems such as the military's increasing influence over the "spying business" and the agency's role in the tactical operations, all while the DoD increases its own intelligence activity.