Spy War in South Asia : Intelligence Failure, Reforms and the Fight against Cross Border Terrorism i

The central intelligence agencies have earned the wrath of the government for failing to sufficiently warn local agencies. Why do our secret intelligence agencies fail repeatedly? Is it because of the lack of adequate intelligence, the dearth of trained manpower in the intelligence sector, failure to apply latest sophisticated technology in surveillance, lack of proper intelligence sharing between the Centre and the states, lack of action on available intelligence, or the lack of sensible intelligence reforms?
There were reports in yesteryears that Pakistani intelligence had established spy networks in some states of South Asia to closely monitor India's intelligence, political and military activities. What further reforms have been undertaken by the political leadership to fight this menace? Invariably we see the blame game after the failure has occurred and committees set up for reforms. But very seldom any action is taken on the ground. 
This book highlights the operational mechanism, reform packages, and failures of intelligence agencies in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.

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author details

Musa Khan Jalalzai is a journalist and research scholar. He has written extensively on Afghanistan, terrorism, nuclear and biological terrorism, human trafficking, drug trafficking, and intelligence research and analysis. He was an Executive Editor of the Daily Outlook Afghanistan from 2005-2011, and a permanent contributor in Pakistan's daily The Post, Daily Times, and The Nation, Weekly the Nation, (London). However, in 2004, US Library of Congress in its report for South Asia mentioned him as the biggest and prolific writer. He received Masters in English literature, Diploma in Geospatial Intelligence, University of Maryland, Washington DC, certificate in Surveillance Law from the University of Stanford, USA, and a diploma in Counterterrorism from Pennsylvania State University, California, the United States.

Chapter 1 The Changing Fight of Indian Intelligence Agencies:
Chapter 2 The Jaish-e-Mohammed, Lashkar-e-Toiba, and Pakistan’s Intelligence War against India
Chapter 3 India’s Intelligence Agencies: In Need of Reform and Oversight
The Conference 
An Overview 
Internal Intelligence
External Intelligence
Technical Intelligence
Issues for Reform 
Apex level management 
Coordination and Tasking 
Shortage of Personnel and Recruitment 
Open Source Intelligence 
Counter-Terrorism and Counter-Insurgency 
Chapter 4 Why Intelligence Fails 
Sub-Chapter 1 Introduction and Statement of Problem
Sub-Chapter 2 A Rationale for Theorizing
Sub-Chapter 3 Challenges Facing Intelligence Studies in India
Sub-Chapter 4 What Do We Know About
Intelligence Failures? Historical Background of India’s Intelligence Agencies
Sub-Chapter 5 Critical Analysis of Intelligence Review Committees
Sub-Chapter 6 A Theoretical Framework for Explaining: Repeated Failures of the Intelligence Community
Sub-Chapter 7 Re-interpreting the Failure to Prevent 26/11 
Sub-Chapter 8 The Golden Mean: Striking a balance between secrecy and sharing 
Sub-Chapter 9 Direction for Future Intelligence Reforms 
Summary of Recommendations 
Chapter 5 Pakistan’s Secret Agencies, Miltablishment, Talibanization and the Tug-of-War 
Chapter 6 Intelligence Agencies, Sectarian Mafia Groups, Army, and the Culture of Jihadism 
Chapter 7 Explaining Recent Intelligence Reforms in Bangladesh
Chapter 8 Intelligence without Ambition: National Directorate of Intelligence (NDS) of Afghanistan 
Chapter 9 Instability in Afghanistan: Implications for Pakistan by Mohammad  
Notes to Chapters