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


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Intelligence and Grand Strategy

Journal Article

Thomas Fingar - Oksenberg-Rohlen Distinguished Fellow

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Orbis, Vol. 56 no. 1, page(s) 118-134
Winter 2012


Elegant strategies can be constructed without reference to intelligence but persuading policymakers to implement them without knowing what intelligence might have to say about their likely efficacy and unintended consequences would be exceedingly difficult. Intelligence-derived information and insights should not dictate the goals of grand strategy, but they should inform decisions about what to do, how to do it, and what to look for in order to assess how well or badly the strategy is working.