Petraeus Tells CIA Analysts To Heed Troops On War

By: AP
By: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The general who led the Afghanistan war and now heads the CIA is telling agency analysts to pay more attention to the military when it grades the war's progress.

U.S. officials say the move by CIA Director David Petraeus could improve the report card on the war in the next Afghanistan National Intelligence Estimate. The document helps policymakers decide the course of the war.

Previously, CIA analysts sent their work only to the top military commander. Two U.S. officials say from now on the analysts will share conclusions with field-level officers so they can offer dissent earlier. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to describe the classified process.

Critics warn that allowing the military more pushback could keep analysts from giving the war a failing grade.


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  • by Chuck Location: Colorado Springs on Oct 16, 2011 at 09:44 AM
    To those who I read stated something to the fact of giving the military a pushback, try this. How bout making a report that has all the information needed for a decision. The guys and girls on the ground and in the air know more about what is happening than someone sitting in an office and just looking at written reports. I for one would like someone to make an informed decision with all the facts in front of me. Keeps everyone in the loop so one hand knows at least someewhat what the other hand is doing. A lot of stupid estimates have been made about the conduct of the war because no one asked the folks on the ground. Time for a change.
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