Essentials of Strategic Intelligence

Loch K. Johnson (Redaktør)

A highly valuable resource for students of intelligence studies, strategy and security, and foreign policy, this volume provides readers with an accessible and comprehensive exploration of U.S. espionage activities that addresses both the practical and ethical implications that attend the art and science of spying. Les mer
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A highly valuable resource for students of intelligence studies, strategy and security, and foreign policy, this volume provides readers with an accessible and comprehensive exploration of U.S. espionage activities that addresses both the practical and ethical implications that attend the art and science of spying.

Essentials of Strategic Intelligence investigates a subject unknown to or misunderstood by most American citizens: how U.S. foreign and security policy is derived from the information collection operations and data analysis by the sixteen major U.S. intelligence agencies. The essays in this work draw back the curtain on the hidden side of America's government, explaining the roles of various intelligence missions, justifying the existence of U.S. intelligence agencies, and addressing the complex moral questions that arise in the conduct of secret operations.



After an introductory overview, the book presents accessibly written essays on the key topics: intelligence collection-and-analysis, counterintelligence, covert action, and intelligence accountability. Readers will understand how intelligence directly informs policymakers and why democracies need secret agencies; learn how the CIA has become deeply involved in the war-like assassination operations that target suspected foreign terrorists, even some individuals who are American citizens; and appreciate how the existence of-and our reliance on-these intelligence agencies poses challenges for democratic governance.









Provides a comprehensive, up-to-date examination of all aspects of intelligence by experts in the field, from collection-and-analysis and counterintelligence to covert action and accountability



Probes into how the United States' intelligence agencies attempt to protect the nation from cyberattacks by foreign nations and terrorist groups-and documents the successes and failures



Documents the involvement of the National Security Agency (NSA) in bulk "metadata" collection of information on the telephone records and social media communications of American citizens



Examines the effects that have resulted from major leaks in the U.S. government, from Wikileaks to the NSA Snowden leaks

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"Loch Johnson has pulled together the perspectives of many of the most thoughtful scholars and practitioners in the field of intelligence into one volume. Anyone who wants to understand the increasingly important role of the intelligence community needs to be familiar with the institutions and processes of intelligence-from collection, analysis, policy advice, and oversight. Essentials of Strategic Intelligence provides the depth of analysis and breadth of scope necessary to understand the real world of U.S. intelligence. It is up to date and authoritative; I highly recommend it." -- James P. Pfiffner, George Mason University "From foundational matters in the field of intelligence to the timeliest issues of our day, Essentials of Strategic Intelligence provides astute, well-documented essays that should be required reading for students of intelligence studies as well as professionals in the field. This text covers the breadth of the intelligence community in a single volume that will elucidate the practices and procedures of one of the most critical, yet least understood, contributors to American foreign policy and national security." -- James Borders, Lieutenant Colonel, USAF, PhD, United States Air Force Academy "Secrecy made intelligence the last aspect of international politics to generate serious study, but scholarship on it grew tremendously in the past 40 years. Loch Johnson's collection now distills the important insights from this literature, together with the perspectives of practitioners, in a balanced set of trenchant essays. Essentials of Strategic Intelligence provides a thorough, deep, and up-to-date survey perfectly designed to inform students and officials alike." -- Richard K. Betts, Director, Saltzman Institute of Wa