Intelligence Scotomas in Central and South America, The Proteus Monograph Series, Volume 1, Issue 4
John B Alexander
Issue Paper by the US Army War College, Center for Strategic Leadership, Proteus Monograph Series Fellows Program
" 'Why should I care?' This response from a U.S. Army staff officer may seem like a strange introduction to a monograph on national security issues, but it actually strikes at the crux of the problem. The comment was made by a lieutenant colonel assigned to the Department of the Army’s G-3 office when told that there were significant problems emerging in South America. He is far from alone in his reflexive analysis, or lack thereof. It is indicative of the understaffed, overworked, and terminally focused attitude that permeates everything in the Pentagon. Combat pilots call this target fixation, and for the Department of Defense, the current target is Iraq and the Middle East."