Warnings Unheeded, Again: What the Intelligence Lessons of 9/11 Tell Us about the Coronavirus Today

Dr. Erik Dahl discusses how the coronavirus pandemic represents a global intelligence failure. He explores how it was a failure for the traditional intelligence community as well as the national and international medical intelligence communities and surveillance systems designed to detect and prevent outbreaks such as this one. He draws a comparison with the intelligence failures related to the 9/11 attacks.

About the Speaker

Erik J. Dahl is an associate professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, where he teaches in both the National Security Affairs Department and the Center for Homeland Defense and Security. He is the author of Intelligence and Surprise Attack: Failure and Success from Pearl Harbor to 9/11 and Beyond (Georgetown University Press, 2013). He may be reached at ejdahl@nps.edu.

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