Could relationship between CIA, military be at risk?
Researcher says budget cuts could cost progress made since 9/11
During a time of budget cuts and political division, one military member cautioned the army and Central Intelligence Agency not to lose the progress they have made since 9/11.
David Oakley, a former CIA officer and current military officer has been researching the relationship between the two organizations.
He said the CIA and military started working together after 9/11. Before that, there was little partnership between the two. Because of budget cuts, both are at risk of losing the progress they have made, said Oakley (pictured), who is working on his doctorate in security studies from Kansas State University.
"It gave a focus area for both organizations, so both organizations started putting a lot of their efforts toward counter-terrorism in Afghanistan and Iraq," Oakley said.
Oakley published his research in the Interagency Journal.
"In my opinion, it could go to where people start cutting back on opportunities to partner, to operate together, and focus more on their own house, so to speak, because they just have limited funds," Oakley said. "I think if that's the case, the amount of national treasure that we've spent over the last 13 years, which has been a lot, will even be more costly because of the positive things that did come out, we would have lost those, too."
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