Intelligence Failure: From Pearl Harbor to 9/11 and Iraq

Intelligence Failure: From Pearl Harbor to 9/11 and Iraq

As the 9/11 Commission releases its full report of the circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, America Abroad examines the United States' key 20th-century intelligence failures, including the attack on Pearl Harbor, the fall of the Shah of Iran, and the collapse of the Soviet Union. 

Guests on this program include:

  • Joseph Nye, Dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University
  • Warren Rudman, former Vice Chairman of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board
  • William Sessions, Former FBI Director
Segment 1

Garrick Utley narrates the program's history segment, an archival audio tour of intelligence assessments from Pearl Harbor through 9/11 and Iraq.

Segment 2

Ron Nessen examines CIA assessments before and during the Vietnam War, a time when the CIA produced largely accurate analyses that were pessimistic about US involvement and the prospects for victory.

Segment 3

In the wake of September 11th and the war on terrorism, Steve Roberts invites listeners to hear from Muslim-American recruits to the FBI and CIA on the challenges and rewards of their work.

Segment 4

Margaret Warner moderates a roundtable discussion on the future of intelligence assessment and reform in light of the lessons learned since the attacks on Pearl Harbor.