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An "experienced overseer of intelligence" maps out the future of American intelligence and security Recent years have seen numerous books about the looming threat posed to Western society by biological and chemical terrorism, by narcoterrorists, and by the unpredictable leaders of rogue nations. Some of these works have been alarmist. Some have been sensible and measured. But none has been by Loch Johnson. Johnson, author of the acclaimed Secret Agencies and "an experienced overseer of intelligence" (Foreign Affairs), here examines the present state and future challenges of American strategic intelligence. Written in his trademark style--dubbed "highly readable" by Publishers Weekly--and drawing on dozens of personal interviews and contacts, Johnson takes advantage of his insider access to explore how America today aspires to achieve nothing less than "global transparency," ferreting out information on potential dangers in every corner of the world. And yet the American security establishment, for all its formidable resources, technology, and networks, currently remains a loose federation of individual fortresses, rather than a well integrated "community" of agencies working together to provide the President with accurate information on foreign threats and opportunities. Intelligence failure, like the misidentified Chinese embassy in Belgrade accidentally bombed by a NATO pilot, is the inevitable outcome when the nation's thirteen secret agencies steadfastly resist the need for central coordination. Ranging widely and boldly over such controversial topics as the intelligence role of the United Nations (which Johnson believes should be expanded) and whether assassination should be a part of America's foreign policy (an option he rejects for fear that the U.S. would then be cast not only as global policeman but also as global godfather), Loch K. Johnson here maps out a critical and prescriptive vision of the future of American intelligence.
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"An eye-opening account of our intelligence establishment." * Library Journal * ""An outstanding book, clearly the best recent, up-to-date survey of the American intelligence community, ranking with the top half-dozen ever." -- H. Bradford Westerfield,Yale University "Loch Johnson is one of the nation's leading scholars on intelligence issues. In this highly readable and provocative study, he explores the activities of the CIA and America's other intelligence agencies since the end of the Cold War. It is a work that is both thorough and objective, with an appealing sensitivity to the need for reforms. As citizens in the United States attempt to sort out and deal with the threats and opportunities that confront us in the this new world, Johnson's insights will help light the way." -- Walter F. Mondale
Author of numerous books, Loch K. Johnson is Regents Professor at the University of Georgia.
PART I : An Intelligence Agenda for a New World 1. A Planet Bristling with Bombs and Missiles 2. Stocks and (James) Bonds: Spies in the Global Marketplace 3. The Greening of Intelligence 4. Spies versus Germs: A Worldwide Resurgence of Bugs PART II: Strategic Intelligence: Fissures in the First Line of Defense 5. The DCI and the Eight-Hundred-Pound Gorilla 6. Spending for Spies 7. Sharing the Intelligence Burden PART III: Smart Intelligence-and Accountable 8. More Intelligent Intelligence 9. Balancing Liberty and Security