NATO intelligence chief issues scathing critique of military intelligence in Afghanistan 

Right on the heels of a massive intelligence failure that resulted in the deaths of seven CIA officers in Afghanistan, NATO's Major General Michael Flynn has harsh criticism of the U.S. intelligence apparatus in that country:

Nato’s top intelligence officer in Afghanistan has issued a scathing critique of US military intelligence-gathering, warning a failure to understand local communities has deprived commanders of information needed to contain the Taliban.

Major General Michael Flynn, a veteran US intelligence officer, depicted commanders cocooned in bases surrounded by analysts with only a hazy grasp of the concerns of the people the west has vowed to protect.

“Moving up through levels of hierarchy is normally a journey into greater degrees of cluelessness,” wrote Maj-Gen Flynn and his co-authors in a report released on Tuesday. “US intelligence officers and analysts can do little but shrug in response to high-level decision-makers seeking the knowledge, analysis and information they need to wage a successful counterinsurgency.” He said analysts often felt their jobs were “more like fortune-telling than serious detective work”.

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