Analysis

Hoekstra: Bring in 'Red Team' on Iran Nuclear Program
David Petraeus, right, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, testify before a joint meeting of the House Intelligence Committee and Senate Intelligence Committee on September 13, 2011. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
March 7, 2012
| Security
| Middle East and North Africa
Summary
Concerned about the objectivity and quality of the U.S. intelligence community's analysis of the Iranian nuclear weapons program, Peter Hoekstra, former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, is calling for a "red team" — an independent panel of experts — to review the intelligence related to Iran’s development of nuclear weapons and issue its own report that might be compared and contrasted with the latest National Intelligence Estimate issued jointly by 16 intelligence agencies.

“They may come out and be exactly the same. They may be very, very different. But at least we will have two sets of eyes from two very, very different perspectives so that we can develop the best policy to move forward,” Hoekstra told LIGNET managing editor Fred Fleitz in an exclusive interview last week.

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