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    This in large part is due to the Byzantine selection and promotion processes common to the IC as a whole, but exacerbated at DIA by the need to have a large number of military officers at field grade or higher in most senior positions whether or not they are qualified. Further, like the rest of the U.

    Intelligence Community IC , DIA makes the fallacious assumption that all analysts of a given grade are identical so fails to recognize good analysts from bad. And it is certainly true that analytic judgments are often warped by the pernicious practice of letting rank trump facts or by elephantine attempts to support often badly conceived policies.

    Rossmiller's account of his assignment to a DIA counter-insurgency operation in Iraq is a classic example of inept managers who relied on the DIA team actually deployed to sort out a mess caused by their incompetence. Rossmiller is an acute observer and a facile writer who has written a well crafted book. In case anybody cares, this reviewer worked with DIA on and off over a career of 42 years in the IC and actually worked at DIA for two years as an integrated analyst a quarter century ago.

    From Rossmiller's account it appears DIA today is unchanged from those far off times. This was a pretty good read and kept me interested throughout the book. Rossmiller gives a lot of good information about the flaws within the Intelligence Community. This is an insider's view about the Department of Defense and its propensity to make intelligence fit situations. Just the opposite of the ideal design of intelligence where policy is shaped from gathered information.

    The writing slows down slightly in the last quarter of the book but The author was a member of DIA and assigned to Iraq for a 6 month tour and his description of the chaos he encountered is disconcerting at best and his story needed to be told.

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    His story is especially noteworthy in light of the suspicions out there about bogus intelligence and the use of it to get the country behind an invasion of Iraq. Rossmiller's memoir of his few years' experience as a junior analyst at DIA during the Iraq experience is a sobering reminder of the difficulties facing intelligence professionals in a high tempo and stressful operational environment.

    Rossmiller's perspective is limited by his junior status in the overall pecking order, and thus he was not privy to the many high level discussions and decisions that affected the outcome of the intelligence activities. But what he did see and recount of the manipulation and politicization of intelligence analysis is disturbing to all those who care about the profession of intelligence analysis.

    The author is probably embellishing some of the facts to make the story more compelling, but overall it has some ring of truth to the message.

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    Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Still Broken by A. But in this astonishing new book, A. Rossmiller, a former Defense Intelligence Agency analyst honored for his efforts here and in Iraq, reveals firsthand evidence that the intelligence system remains in disrepair.

    Still Broken is a blistering account of the ideology and incompetence that cripple our efforts to confront our enemies and fight our wars. Freshly graduated from Middlebury College, he went to work for the U. But his enthusiasm slowly turned to disillusion as he began to fulfill his duties for DIA, the spy arm of the Department of Defense. Rather than give up, Rossmiller instead went further, volunteering to go to Iraq to aid the troops on the ground, contribute to tactical intelligence, and, he hoped, help bring about an end to a fatally mismanaged war.

    Still Broken: A Recruit's Inside Account of Intelligence Failures, from Baghdad to the Pentagon

    For six months in that besieged country, he worked for the Direct Action Cell, the track 'em and whack 'em unit devoted to unmasking and targeting insurgents. He learned that, to put it mildly, the intelligence process bears no resemblance to the streamlined, well-resourced, and timely operation in a James Bond or Jason Bourne movie. He also experienced the disastrous counterterrorismand detainee strategies for which mass imprisonment-with little interest in guilt or innocence-is standard operating procedure.

    Back at the Pentagon as a strategic issues expert in the Office of Iraq Analysis, Rossmiller saw the administration's heavy hand in determining how information is processed. In a dysfunctional office filled with outsize personalities and the constant drone of Fox News, he filed reports on the ever-worsening situation in Iraq. These assessments, ultimately proven accurate, were consistently rejected as too pessimistic and off message and repeatedly changed to be more in line with delusional White House projections.

    Written with passion, intensity, and self-deprecating humor, Still Broken is a riveting and sobering portrait of Bush-era intelligence failures and manipulations, laid out by someone who witnessed them up close and personal. It also offers a sincere, thoughtful prescription for healing the system so that a new and motivated generation won't disengage completely from its government.

    Hardcover , pages. Published August 5th by Presidio Press first published January 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Still Broken , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

    Mar 04, David rated it it was amazing Shelves: It's a compelling story, but I would like it more if it were fiction.