David Segalini

David Segalini is a former Operations Officer in CIA's National Clandestine Service.  He currently works for a risk management and intelligence consultancy in New York.  The views in this article are strictly his own.

The CIA should focus on gathering intelligence to inform policy makers and to attack the underlying causes and enablers of terrorist group formation and action.

From the outset, the U.S. treated Al Qaeda as a military objective instead of an organization to be understood, penetrated, and permanently dismantled.