Strategic Intelligence: Windows into a Secret World: An Anthology

Strategic Intelligence: Windows into a Secret World: An Anthology

by Loch K. Johnson, James J. Wirtz
     
 

The second edition of Johnson and Wirtz's anthology provides a comprehensive set of readings in the field of intelligence studies. The book spans a wide range of topics, from how the United States gathers and interprets information collected around the world to comparisons of the American intelligence system with the secret agencies of other nations.

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The second edition of Johnson and Wirtz's anthology provides a comprehensive set of readings in the field of intelligence studies. The book spans a wide range of topics, from how the United States gathers and interprets information collected around the world to comparisons of the American intelligence system with the secret agencies of other nations.

The text addresses a wide range of material including: (1) the meaning of strategic intelligence; (2) methods of intelligence collection; (3) intelligence analysis; (4) the danger of intelligence politicization; (5) relationships between intelligence officers and the policymakers they serve; (6) covert action; (7) counterintelligence; (8) accountability and civil liberties; (9) the implications of the major intelligence failures in 2001 and 2002 regarding, respectively, the terrorist attacks against the United States and the faulty estimates about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq; and (10) intelligence as practiced in other nations.

New to This Edition
* A review of the state of intelligence research literature
* An interview with former CIA director Richard Helms
* The early development of U.S. satellite surveillance
* The role of intelligence leaks in the federal government
* Improving relations between the producers and consumers of intelligence
* The Senate investigation of the Ames spying scandal in the CIA
* NSA warrantless wiretaps
* Intelligence mistakes leading up to the 9/11 attack
* Intelligence failures in the faulty predictions of WMDs in Iraq
* Institutional conflicts that contributed to 9/11 failures
* The British intelligence failures regarding WMDs in Iraq

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Whether readers are new to the topic of intelligence or are intelligence professionals, this book takes them from A to Z in scope, from basic concepts to specific issues, and from current events intelligence to historically significant incidents in the annals of intelligence. Each part opens with a succinct, cogent overview, followed by three or four chapters giving detail, perspective, insight, and color to the overarching topic. All the chapters are first rate and exceptionally well suited for inclusion. When so combined, the total value of the book is far greater than the sum of the individual works. This is a testament to the editors' diligence in locating the selected material and to their expertise in recognizing its quality and applicability."—William J. Daugherty, Armstrong Atlantic State University

"The selections are thoughtful, timely, and provocative. Collectively, they help demystify the world of the spy without sacrificing the excitement and intensity that makes this an interesting subject in the first place. Kudos to the editors for assembling a volume that is so nicely balanced."—Ken Kitts, Francis Marion University

"This is a superb anthology that includes many of the most important contributions to the literature, but what makes this anthology most useful are the nine chapter-length introductory essays. These essays, along with pedagogical aides such as synopses of each article, a comprehensive bibliography, charts and diagrams, and two indexes transform this book. . . to a stand-alone text."—Pete Peterson, University of San Diego

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195330403
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/27/2007
Pages:
474
Product dimensions:
9.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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University of Georgia

Naval Postgraduate School

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