William M. Nolte


Nolte, William M. "American Intelligence after the 2008 Election." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 21, no. 3 (Fall 2008): 429-447.

The author discusses "some of the issues a presidential transition group on intelligence will need to address."


Nolte, William M. "'Information Control Is Dead. What's Next? The Knowledge Management Challenge for the Intelligence Community in the 21st Century." Defense Intelligence Journal 9, no. 1 (Winter 2000): 5-13.

"In the 21st century, if American intelligence is to be fully successful, analysts must work for their clients, aspiring to become their information brokers of choice."


Nolte, William M. "Intelligence Reform after the Intelligence Reform Act of 2004." Defense Intelligence Journal 14, no. 1 (2005): 7-13.

Text of address given by Nolte, Acting Assistant Director of Central Intelligence for Analysis, at Joint Military Intelligence College (JMIC) Foundation luncheon, Mount Vernon, VA, 24 March 2005. He states: "Our changes over the next decade or so will be, in many cases, iterative and incremental, as we react to the environment around us."


Nolte, William. "Keeping Pace with the Revolution in Military Affairs: Operation Iraqi Freedom and the Challenge to Intelligence." Studies in Intelligence 48, no. 1 (2004): 1-10.

Building on the RMA, Operation Iraqi Freedom was an "organizational and operation success, enabled by technology." DoD and the military services "demonstrated an extraordinary ability to function in ways that should lead to a significant rethinking of many stereotypes." Other components of U.S. national security, including intelligence, either "must develop apace with the RMA" or "suffer the risk" that they "will be unable to contribute to -- or even compete with -- defense organizations in the making of national security decisions."

[GenPostCW/00s/04/Gen; MI/Ops/Iraq/04]

Nolte, William. "Preserving Central Intelligence: Assessment and Evaluation in Support of the DCI." Studies in Intelligence 48, no. 3 (2004): 21-25.

Before we abandon the office of the DCI, "we should at least explore options to strengthen and preserve it." This article focuses on "suggestions for correcting two related deficiencies in the intelligence establishment, the absence of an effective internal assessment mechanism in service of the DCI and the absence of an equivalent to the US military's 'combatant command' structure, which has proven invaluable to the defense establishment over the past half-century."

[CIA/DCIs/Gen; Reform/00s/04/Gen]

Nolte, William M. "Take Off the Training Wheels!" American Intelligence Journal 26, no. 2 (Winter 2008-2009): 5-6.

"[I]t's time to take off the training wheels. Let's stop referring to and thinking of 'new hires.' Think instead of a new generation of professionals."


Nolte, William. "Thinking about Rethinking: Examples of Reform in Other Professions." Studies in Intelligence 52, no. 2 (Jun. 2008): 19-25.

With no pun intended, this is a well done "think piece." One thought among many: "The better integration of open source information and expertise..., information sharing, and a fundamental review of security practices represent an iron triangle of intelligence reform and reconceptualization."


Nolte, William M. "Valuing Intelligence: Opening a Conversation." Intelligence and National Security 26, no. 5 (Oct. 2011): 616-619.

"[T]he question of how democratic publics and their representatives evaluate intelligence remains unresolved. This is true as applied to evaluation both in terms of (a) the performance of intelligence services and (b) in the process of determinaing the level of resources to be expended on intelligence."


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