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Why US Spies Should Keep Making Headlines

The US intelligence community acquitted itself well in the lead-up to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, previewing the aggressor’s actions and discrediting its efforts to create a pretext for war. In a conflict that is heavily shaped by information warfare, America’s spies should lean into this strategy.

ATLANTA –Last month, when US National Intelligence Director Avril Haines presented the intelligence community’s annual threat assessment to the Senate Intelligence Committee, committee members praised her for the “excellent work” leading up to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and for “continuing to keep us informed.” To the US intelligence community’s credit, and to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s chagrin, US senators weren’t the only ones kept informed. The rest of the world was, too, thanks to thorough strategic US intelligence disclosures.