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Intelligence From Secrets to Policy, 1st Edition

Intelligence veteran Mark M. Lowenthal details how the intelligence community’s history, structure, procedures, and functions affect policy decisions. With straightforward and friendly prose, the book demystifies a complex process. The fifth edition highlights crucial developments and new challenges in the intelligence community, including: changes in the management of U.S. intelligence and the fourth DNI in five years; Obama administration policies; developments in collection and analysis; the killing of Bin Laden, Wikileaks, and updates on Russia, North Korea, China, and the Middle East; the ability to handle the shift from large-scale attacks to smaller, individual attempts; and, expanded coverage of foreign intelligence services and new coverage of intelligence in authoritarian regimes.


Intelligence: From Secrets to Policy remains the best available introduction to the U.S. intelligence community and what it does. Clearly written, comprehensive, and critical when it should be, it offers students and interested citizens a holistic understanding of how specialized components and discrete missions contribute to a multifaceted enterprise designed to ensure that U.S. officials obtain the information and insights they need to make decisions affecting the security of our nation.” –Thomas Fingar, Oksenberg-Rohlen Distinguished Fellow at Stanford University and former Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Analysis

“This is the fifth edition of Mark Lowenthal’s treatise (modestly described by him as an ‘introductory text’–it is that but it is much more) on national security intelligence. It is lucid, comprehensive, critical where it needs to be, up to date almost to the minute, and in short an invaluable resource for anyone concerned with the subject of intelligence. It makes a bureaucratically, historically, and analytically complex subject intelligible. I know of no comparable work on intelligence.” –Richard A. Posner, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; author of Uncertain Shield

“Mark Lowenthal’s Intelligence is the classic textbook on the subject. But it is more than that and, especially in the new edition, its insight, clarity, and wisdom makes it invaluable to any student, scholar, or member of the concerned public.” –Robert Jervis, Columbia University

About the Author

Mark M. Lowenthal has thirty-six 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 served as the assistant director of central intelligence for analysis and production, and also as vice chairman for evaluation on the National Intelligence Council. He is now the President and CEO of the Intelligence & Security Academy. Dr. Lowenthal received his B.A. from Brooklyn College and his Ph.D. in history from Harvard University. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Johns Hopkins University; he was an adjunct at Columbia University from 1993-2007.

Product Details :

  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: CQ Press (October 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608716759
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608716753
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches

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