I’ve been tracking the rise of spy-themed entertainment and its influence on real life intelligence policy. The picture ain’t pretty.
The back-to-school message for college students paying hefty bills: if you want to learn what’s really going on in the intelligence world instead of just watching Jason Bourne movies, you will have to look hard. Most top-25 universities offer zero undergraduate classes on intelligence. And since 9/11, political scientists have written nearly 2,000 articles in the top three academic journals, only three of which examined intelligence topics. While policymakers have been grappling with warrantless wiretapping, targeted killing, interrogation techniques, detainee policy, and intelligence reform, political scientists have been busy researching just about everything else.