Can a civilian legislator run the CIA effectively without a background in intelligence and "spy work… by Tony Garcia
Answer by Tony Garcia:
One can argue that the least most effective Directors of Central Intelligence were James Schlesinger, a former Assistant Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and George H.W. Bush, then a Texas politico, neither of whom had a background in intelligence. Someone without an institutional memory of the Agency is not only less likely to be well-received within the ranks of veteran intelligence officers, but will also lack the hands-on experience in the collection of intelligence, particulalry human intelligence (HUMINT), that remains the Agency’s most vital tool.
In a post-9/11 world, a background in intelligence should be a prerequisite for the post of DCI. And considering the complex nature of geopolitics, I believe the position requires an intelligence professional, not an administrator or legislator.