Yesterday, I presided when the incumbent Chairman of the National Intelligence Council and Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Analysis Thomas Fingar spoke about the National Intelligence Estimate production process.
This is really worth watching — not only to learn about the framework, process, and analytic standards of NIE production but to learn about his views about the flawed Iraq WMD NIE and the 2007 Iran NIE of which he was lead author.
Among many things that were interesting to learn were the existence of a classified intelligence version of wikipedia called “Intellipedia” and that the Iran NIE report was more than 1500 pages in classified form — and distilled down to three and a half pages for the public release.
Fingar was fascinating — and this is important for the public to listen to.
— Steve Clemons