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Michael Mulqueen

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780719080272

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719080272.001.0001

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Decision-makers under pressure

Decision-makers under pressure

(p.125) 6 Decision-makers under pressure
Re-evaluating Irish National Security Policy

Michael Mulqueen

Manchester University Press

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

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