Intelligence and Surprise Attack examines why surprise attacks often succeed even though, in most cases, warnings are available beforehand. Erik J. Dahl challenges the conventional wisdom about intelligence failure, which holds that attacks succeed because important warnings get lost amid noise or because intelligence officials lack the imagination and collaboration to connect the dots of available information. Comparing cases of intelligence failure with intelligence success, Dahl finds that the key to success is not more imagination or better analysis but better acquisition of precise, tactical-level intelligence combined with the presence of decision makers who are willing to listen to and act on the warnings they receive from their intelligence staff.
The book offers a new understanding of classic cases of conventional and terrorist attacks such as Pearl Harbor, the Battle of Midway, and the bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. The book also presents a comprehensive analysis of the intelligence picture before the 9/11 attacks, making use of new information available since the publication of the 9/11 Commission Report and challenging some of that report's findings.
The book is published by Georgetown University Press.
Regular price: £19.39
Buy Now with 1 Credit
Buy Now for £19.39
Customer ReviewsMost Helpful
By DAN RODGERS on 15-03-17
Correct pauses and emphasis on every chapter. Very interesting. I learned a lot of important things
By Emily Ohern on 18-08-16
Amazing Book, Awful Narration
Would you consider the audio edition of Intelligence and Surprise Attack to be better than the print version?
NO! The narrator sounded like my GPS was reading the book. No intonation or character.
What did you like best about this story?
I like the detail Dahl goes into on different intelligence successes which most authors/researchers fail to include.
How could the performance have been better?
A narrator that doesn't sound like a machine.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Any additional comments?
A fascinating book, you may be better served to read the paper copy.