U.S. Intelligence: Evolution and Anatomy / Edition 2

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No major twentieth-century power has so short a history of national intelligence agencies or activities as does the United States, and few have been as public or as tumultuous. A major debate has now opened over the future structure, size, and role of U.S. intelligence in the aftermath of the cold war. This unique and fully updated book is a history of the U.S. intelligence community--as well as a detailed description of the organization and function of the major components of the community as they existed at the beginning of 1992. A welcome and timely update of one of the most concise and objective guides to the history and structure of U.S. intelligence. Representative Dave McCurdy, Chairman, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, U.S. House of Representatives

The history of the intelligence community can be divided into three distinct periods. From its creation in 1947 until the revelations and investigations of 1974-1975, the intelligence community operated under fairly broad grants of authority based on trust. After the Nixon administration, a previously dormant Congress was galvanized to write new oversight provisions and also took on a greater role as a shaper and consumer of intelligence. With the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the cold war in 1991, the intelligence community found its role and even its necessity questioned due to the sudden absence of its major target. Lowenthal emphasizes that a competent and challenged intelligence capability is an essential part of the U.S. national security structure, despite the status of external events or threats. The major requirement of this structure, he says, is providing timely, objective, and pointed analysis to policymakers across a wide range of issues.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275944346
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/21/1992
  • Series: Washington Papers Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 198
  • Lexile: 1490L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

MARK M. LOWENTHAL is the senior specialist in U.S. foreign policy at the Congressional Research Service (CRS) of the Library of Congress.

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Table of Contents

About the Author
I The Evolution of U.S. Intelligence
Introduction 3
1 Antecedents of the Modern U.S. Intelligence Community 6
2 The National Security Apparatus 13
3 The Age of Smith and Dulles 22
4 Intelligence and an Activist Foreign Policy 30
5 The Great Intelligence Investigation 39
6 Politicized Intelligence 47
7 A "Restored" Intelligence Community 66
8 Intelligence in the Post-Cold War World 87
9 Observations 100
II The Anatomy of U.S. Intelligence
10 Central Coordination and Management 105
11 Intelligence Agencies and Components 116
12 Oversight Bodies 138
13 Observations 144
Notes 146
Index 169
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