Instructor: We're going to talk about analytic integrity standards here at NGIC, and in the wider intelligence community. Blah, blah, blah, here are two massive intelligence failures that drove congress to act on this. First, 9/11. Next, the lack of WMD's in Ir..
Student: THATS BULL S***, I WAS THERE WHEN WE FOUND WMDs! I SAW THEM!
Instructor: Hahaha, you better be quiet, since that's not the popular answer. Some comments about liberal media bias. Goes over the standards that mean old congress now makes analysts at NGIC abide by, like sourcing the reporting used to make assessments, give the confidence level of assessments, and force analysts to come up with alternative outcomes (all of which I've been taught to do in all of my intel training since 2003), just in case the thing you guessed isn't correct. Now we have mean old congress dictating how to do our jobs, I hate it.
All of this because the guy that did the Iraq "aluminum tubes" report was from NGIC. Dude pretty much just reported that the aluminum tubes surpassed the tolerances used for conventional rockets, in the US. Apparently this means that they were uranium enrichment centrifuges, no other explanation at all, no source documents cited, no assessment on the probability of this being true, etc. Somehow, it is congressional and DNI meddling to make sure that an intelligence center abides by fundamental analytic principles. I really thought that I had moved past this crap when I left the military, but this just confirmed I'm working with the same rubes. I gotta get a deployment or two in, pay off my house, and get out of this game.
Incidentally, the "aluminum tubes" guy still works there. I'd actually really like to have a beer with him some time, just for s***s and giggles.
Winning the War on Terror, one powerpoint slide at a time.