Can a civilian legislator run the CIA effectively without a background in intelligence and “spy work”?

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.

Can a civilian legislator run the CIA effectively without a background in intelligence and "spy work"?

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