Intelligence outsourcing in the U.S. Department of Defense : theory, practice, and implications
Gale, Jacob Benjamin.
Thesis (M.A.)--Georgetown University, 2011.; Includes bibliographical references.; Text (Electronic thesis) in PDF format. The Department of Defense expanded significantly its contracting for intelligence services after 9/11. This increased outsourcing poses as-yet unevaluated financial, structural, and normative challenges for the defense intelligence enterprise, the executive branch, Congress, and the American people. This thesis integrates findings from economics, organizational science, legal, and military privatization literatures to create a foundation for a broader inquiry into the full implications of widespread contracting for defense intelligence services. This integrative analysis yields a framework for determining the eligibility of defense intelligence functions for private performance, and applies this framework to defense intelligence contracts that were competed during the past decade. This thesis finds that intelligence outsourcing--while a useful tool--may be financially and structurally deleterious and undermines American constitutional governance when contractors are allowed to perform inherently governmental activities. This thesis concludes with a series of policy prescriptions intended to strengthen the practice of outsourcing intelligence services within the defense intelligence enterprise.
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