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Lack of Intelligence

The New York Times reported (June 22, 2015) that the Pentagon is closing an archive of captured terrorist documents useful to researchers trying to understand America's enemies:

The American military had captured a massive cache of enemy documents.... the plan was to set up a center where the documents and even captured audio recordings would be available to scholars outside government.

Some of the brightest minds from around the world would be able to provide insights about inner workings of United States’ foes. ...
Racing against the clock, researchers from as far as Israel and Norway pored through the center’s latest cache of declassified documents before it closed its doors last Friday.

“It was extremely useful,” said Amatzia Baram, an Israeli academic who has been studying Iraq for three decades. ...
...critics say the Pentagon center’s closing, and the chronic funding problems, personnel shortfalls and temporary shutdowns it has endured in recent years is a classic case of a penny-wise, pound-foolish mentality. With a budget this year of just under $1 million, the center’s spending was a mere rounding error for the Pentagon, whose budget request for the next fiscal year is about $600 billion. ...
- Archive of Captured Enemy Documents Closes, by Michael Gordon, New York Times, June 21, 2015



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