Flawed by Design: The Evolution of the CIA, JCS, and NSC

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Overview

“Based on voluminous historical materials, this book is a must-read for all serious students of the American foreign policy process.”—General Brent Scowcroft, Former National Security Advisor
“Zegart’s incisive and revealing new book . . . convincingly argues that U.S. interests have been compromised . . . by the institutional design of national security agencies.”—Washington Monthly

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"Based on voluminous historical materials, this book is a must-read for all serious students of the American foreign policy process."—General Brent Scowcroft, Former National Security Advisor

"Zegart's incisive and revealing new book . . . convincingly argues that U.S. interests have been compromised . . . by the institutional design of national security agencies."—Washington Monthly

"Fifty years afer the creation fo the national securty decision making mechanisms, Zegart's anaysis is both historically timely and intellectually insightful. Her assessments should be seriously considered in any systematic efforts to update and reform the existing arrangements."—Zbigniew Brzezinski, Center for Strategic & International Studies

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Zegart (policy studies, School of Public Policy and Social Research at UCLA) challenges the belief that national security agencies are well designed to serve the national interest. Using a new institutionalist approach, she asks what forces shaped the design of the CIA, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the National Security Council. She finds that blame can be ascribed to features of American democracy which limit presidential power and give Congress little incentive to create an effective foreign policy system. Includes reference appendices. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804741316
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 695,075
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Amy B. Zegart is Assistant Professor of Policy Studies in the School of Public Policy and Social Research at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 Toward a Theory of National Security Agencies 12
2 Origins of the National Security Council System: A "Brass-Knuckle Fight to the Finish" 54
3 Evolution of the National Security Council System: "From King's Ministers to Palace Guard" 76
4 Origins of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: "Fighting for the Very Life of the Navy" 109
5 Evolution of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: "The Swallows Return to Capistrano" 131
6 Origins of the Central Intelligence Agency: "Those Spooky Boys" 163
7 Evolution of the Central Intelligence Agency: "One of the Weakest Links in Our National Security" 185
8 Conclusion 223
App. A Notes on Tabulation of Foreign Policy Interest Groups 239
App. B New York Times Coverage of National Security Advisers, 1947-1998 241
App. C Legislative Changes to the Joint Chiefs of Staff 243
App. D Value of Defense Contracts Awarded, FY 1994 by Region 245
Notes 247
Bibliography 273
Index 303
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