Date of Award

Fall 12-15-2012

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)


Political Science


College of Humanities and Fine Arts

First Advisor

Jonathan Smith


Intelligence reform is the legislation implemented by the federal government that's purpose is to improve the effectiveness and success of the intelligence community. It would seem evident that intelligence reform has failed, but the more important questions lie in where it has failed and how to fix it. In this thesis, it will be argued that reform attempts have failed by focusing on surface problems rather than addressing their sources. Future reforms should focus on the relationship dynamic between the intelligence community and the policymakers it serves. There has been extensive literature published on the problems in the intelligence community and the flaws in the reform legislation. Scholars, generally, address the intelligence community issues according to the two major themes of internal organizational problems and inter-organizational relationships, although, there are many other scholars who critique additional aspects of the intelligence community. This literature is mostly in response to the most recent reform legislation, Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act (IRTPA) which was instituted as a result of the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission report.