You may find the following link (bottom of page) to be of interest. It illustrates how important military intelligence is and shows how costly a failing in this area can be.
The disclosure of this historical information brings up many questions that relate to today's political environment.
One question might be, how could a spy such as Robert Pelton be allowed to pass off such important information to an enemy agency such as the KGB? Could it be that U.S. intelligence agencies are under such pressure from their political overseers that the wrong kinds of people are appointed to manage these activities? Or could Congress and/or the Executive Branch of government be so infiltrated with those who have contempt for the military and for national defense that they are "enablers" of these kinds of intelligence failings?
These are questions we must answer when we choose our elected representatives. Military intelligence is not a political "game." It is serious business where lives are at stake! For the safety and security of our country, it is important to pay attention and choose our political leadership wisely.
Here's the link referred to in the first paragraph:Please note: If the link takes you to a cover page, copy it and paste it into your browser address box, it should then take you to the correct page.)
Following the theme of this commentary, we highly recommend former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton's just published book, Surrender Is Not an Option.