Decision-makers under pressure

Michael Mulqueen

in Re-evaluating Irish National Security Policy

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780719080272
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702734 | DOI:
Decision-makers under pressure

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This chapter concentrates on the time frame between September 11 and October 3, 2001. It also addresses the responsibilities of and stakes for the agencies during this period. Allison and Zelikow argue that policy-making is a ‘game’ defined in terms of action channels and certain rules/laws. Their division of players helps to identify those who played key roles in the review of Irish national security policy immediately after 9/11. Senior Garda and Defence Forces leaders who advised government on the level of threat facing the State after 9/11 had considerable intelligence and experience at their disposal but also had to balance various competing parochial priorities. The recommendations that the general staff brought forward to government, while the outcome of an intelligence process, preserved the blueprint for the Army's progress.

Keywords: Allison; Zelikow; Irish national security policy; 9/11; Senior Garda; Defence Forces; threat

Chapter.  9534 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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