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Book Reviews | Mar 15, 2014

BGS Managing Director Michael Allen’s Book, Blinking Red, is Reviewed By The Center for the Study of Intelligence

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Michael Allen’s very readable legislative history of the 2004 intelligence reforms focuses more on the personalities than the organizations per se…In sum, it was the personalities and the legislative process, more than simply the organizational tussles, that explain why those reforms proved to be less than many expected.

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Book Reviews | Mar 12, 2014

BGS Managing Director Michael Allen’s Book, Blinking Red, Is Reviewed By Lawfare.

Michael Allen’s Blinking Red offers an exhaustive, behind-the-scenes look at how Congress ultimately passed the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (IRTPA), and focuses on the clashes over the roles of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC)…Allen’s book provides an essential primer on how we reached this point and what concerns are at play, now and for the foreseeable future.

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Book Reviews | Feb 03, 2014

BGS Managing Director Michael Allen's Book, Blinking Red, Is Reviewed In The Weekly Standard

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“Of the thousands of books on Congress and the legislative process that adorn the shelves of libraries, few tell the story of how bills actually become laws…Michael Allen does precisely this, and along the way he provides readers with an additional gift: a deep understanding of the issues and controversies that beset the American intelligence-gathering community in the days preceding and following the 9/11 attacks.”

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Book Reviews | Jan 15, 2014

BGS Managing Director Michael Allen's Book, Blinking Red, Receives Praise In Review On H-Net

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Michael Allen’s Blinking Red received praise from Erik Dahl on H-Net, an online consortium of humanities scholars and teachers. Dahl says that Allen “has written the most comprehensive account available of one of the most important periods of intelligence reform in our nation’s history.”

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Book Reviews | Dec 08, 2013

BGS Managing Director Michael Allen’s Book, Blinking Red, Is Reviewed By The Wall Street Journal

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The Wall Street Journal’s review of Michael Allen’s book, Blinking Red, highlights the history of the Director of National Intelligence, as written by Michael Allen. From David Feith’s review: “Though Mr. Allen argues that intelligence reform is a worthy work in progress — “while imperfect,” the 2004 law “created a structure that has the potential to positively benefit national security” — his account is sobering history.”

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Book Reviews | Dec 04, 2013

BGS Managing Director Michael Allen’s Book, Blinking Red, Is Reviewed By Defensenews.com

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Defensenews.com calls Blinking Red “a step-by-step walk through of the backroom negotiations that created the position of Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and the wrestling over who would get to control the intelligence community.”

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