Over the past several years, American counter-intelligence and domestic counter-terrorism activities and spending have increased sharply. An entire cottage industry has grown around the traditional intelligence community, with almost half of intelligence spending going to third-party contractors.
The seemingly permanent threat of Islamic terrorism has created a new normal — and a new balance of power — in U.S. intelligence operations.
"If you remember or have learned in history when Eisenhower left, and he warned in his farewell address, 1961, about the military-industrial complex and how damaging it could be — that's where we're at," Doc opines. "You don't think of intelligence as being, you know, military per se, you know it aids it. But it really is. In fact, it's the new military."