Publisher Johns Hopkins Advanced Academic Programs

Global Security Podcast: a Conversation with Uri Bar-Joseph.

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The Global Security Studies Program welcomed Professor Uri Bar-Joseph of the University of Haifa to speak at a student symposium about what the United States could learn from Israel’s most serious intelligence failure ever: the Egyptian surprise attack in 1973 that started the Yom Kippur War. 

Israeli intelligence had excellent collection capabilities, including a high-level human penetration of Egypt and technical “special means of collection,” so how did this failure happen?  Bar-Joseph says that the answer lies in the pernicious phenomenon of “premature cognitive closure.”

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