After the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991 and the Cold War ended, the CIA and other government intelligence organizations underwent some major changes. Budgets shrank, missions became less clear and a lot of the on-the-ground intelligence gathering around the world simply ended.
Following the 9/11 terror attacks, the money started flowing again, but experts who spoke to For the Record say that the hard work of human intelligence in foreign nations is still not being done. And they think that leaves the U.S. vulnerable.
For the Record senior correspondent Sara Carter sat down with former CIA clandestine services case officer Robert Steele to discuss the current state of the American Intelligence complex.
Steele was interviewed as part of For the Record's season premiere episode, "Unreliable: America's Broken Intelligence Network" (Wednesday, Feb. 18, 8:00 p.m. ET on TheBlaze TV).
Listen to the interview on For the Record's "Field Report" podcast below: