CIA Covert operations

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One of the principle concerns created by the co-locating of responsibility for both strategic analysis and covert action in the same organization is that policy options and use of covert action may contaminate or be contaminated by the process of strategic intelligence analysis. There is no independent judgment of the value, prospects, and risks of covert action other than that produced by the organization that recommends and prepares the covert action findings. The notion of a rogue elephant at the CIA, carrying out covert action operations across the globe at a very high tempo came to the fore during the Eisenhower Administration. The organizational responsibilities for covert action have remained the same since World War II. The midterm progress assignment focuses on this dilemma.

Please address the following question in a 4 page essay, complete with bibliography and citations. Be sure to demonstrate your command of the content, reasoning and logic, and above all you need a single main point in your introduction that is then substantiated and defended in the body of your paper. Please make your paper as professional as possible, with citations, cover page, etc.


1. Does having the CIA be the responsible body for carrying out covert action create a conflict of interest when CIA/National Clandestine Service is responsible for both covert action AND collecting and feeding information to CIA/Directorate of Intelligence for strategic intelligence analysis? (The Bay of Pigs invasion is a good example of this).

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School: UIUC

By the way, the file I sent do not have the references/bibliography, please see this one - with references/bibliography already :)

The nature of covert actions is fundamentally related to secrecy and having a
separate body aside from the CIA take responsibility for the collection and feeding of
information to CIA/Directorate of Intelligence for strategic analysis will revoke the very
definition of secrecy and may potentially cause difficulty to conduct the operations in such
a way (kept secret). Having separate body taking the responsibility of the National
Clandestine Service of collecting and feeding information will also not ensure the
elimination of a potential conflict of interest because such action is essentially adding
another body to carry out the mentioned responsibility. There is no change in the process
or in the way of feeding and/or filtering information which essentially is the more important
matter that must be addressed. Having the CIA not responsible for both covert action and
information collection and feeding for analysis will not only jeopardize operation but will
also not address the potential risk for conflict of interest within the body. Though there is
a potential risk for conflict of interest within the same body, it arguably cannot be denied
that covert actions have played an important political role for the United States in the past
and there is no conclusive proof that this is the cause of failure for certain covert actions.
Also, the nature of covert actions is its association to secrecy and having another body
outside the CIA act for these operations (covert actions) will jeopardize the operation and
will not assure the elimination of the conflict of ...

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