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U. S. Intelligence Evolution and Anatomy

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ISBN-10: 0275944344

ISBN-13: 9780275944346

Edition: 2nd 1992

Authors: Mark M. Lowenthal, Walter Laqueur, Donna R. Spitler, David Kahn

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No major twentieth-century power has so short a history of national intellligence 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. 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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Book details

List price: $31.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 8/21/1992
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 196
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Mark M. Lowenthal , President and CEO of the Intelligence & Security Academy, has nearly forty years of experience as an intelligence official in the executive and legislative branches of government and in the private sector. He has served in the Congressional Research Service, the State Department, the House Intelligence Committee as staff director, and the CIA, where he was the assistant director of central intelligence for analysis and production, and the vice chairman for evaluation on the National Intelligence Council. Lowenthal received his BA from Brooklyn College and his PhD in history from Harvard University. He is an adjunct professor at the Johns Hopkins University; he was an adjunct professor at Columbia University from 1993-2007.

Foreword
Summary
The Evolution of U.S. Intelligence Antecedents of the Modern U.S. Intelligence Community
The National Security Apparatus
The Age of Smith and Dulles Intelligence and an Activist Foreign Policy
The Great Intelligence Investigation Politicized Intelligence
A ""Restored"" Intelligence Community Intelligence in the Post-Cold War World Observations
The Anatomy of U.S. Intelligence Central Coordination and Management Intelligence Agencies and Components Oversight Bodies Observations
Notes
Index