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The Threat on the Horizon : An Inside Account of America's Search for Security after the Cold War - Loch K. Johnson

The Threat on the Horizon

An Inside Account of America's Search for Security after the Cold War

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Published: 9th February 2011
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The Aspin-Brown Commission of 1995-1996, led by former U.S. Defense Secretaries Les Aspin and Harold Brown, was a landmark inquiry into the activities of America's secret agencies. Its purpose was to help the U.S. intelligence community adapt to the post-Cold War world. In The Threat on the Horizon, eminent national security scholar Loch Johnson, who served as Aspin's assistant, offers a comprehensive insider's account of this inquiry. Based on a close sifting of the record, interviews with participants, and his own eyewitness impressions, Johnson's thorough history offers a unique window onto why the terrorist attacks of 2001 caught the United States by surprise and why the intelligence community failed again in 2002 when it predicted that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction. The first published account by an insider of a presidential commission on intelligence, it will be an invaluable resource for anyone interested in how the world's most powerful nation struggled to confront the new global threats that materialized after the collapse of the Soviet empire, and why Washington was unprepared for the calamities that would soon occur.

"Loch Johnson's account of the Aspin-Brown commission will be viewed as a classic in the literature on American government and intelligence studies. His insider story reveals how official Washington thought about intelligence in the years before the 9/11 tragedy and how the commission's work fits into the ongoing effort at intelligence reform. The Threat on the Horizon tells a fascinating tale about a part of government that is generally inaccessible to citizens and scholars alike."--James J. Wirtz, Dean of the School of International Graduate Studies, Naval Postgraduate School "Loch Johnson's lively first-hand account is a rare behind-the-scenes look at an inquiry into U.S. intelligence. He shows that the answers, and even the questions, are more complicated than most think."--Paul R. Pillar, Professor of Security Studies, Georgetown University "Making the American intelligence process work has vexed and perplexed policymakers and analysts for decades. Nobody understands the dynamics of intelligence gathering and analysis, and the politics and process of reform, better than Loch Johnson. In The Threat on the Horizon, Johnson provides a compelling inside view of a key reform effort in the 1990s. Johnson is a rare combination of a top-flight scholar and a political and policy insider. This book is an even rarer combination--scholarly depth, insider insight, and readability--that make it a must-read for anyone interested in American security and American politics."--Norm Ornstein, Resident Scholar, The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research "The chapters examine Latin America's gap using different disciplinary viewpoints, historical frames of reference, and methodologies, employing clear prose and non-technical language. The essays are accessible to non-specialists in the region and ideal for classroom use, especially given the bibliographic references in the end-notes." -- Political Science Quarterly

Preface Acknowledgments A Glossary of Terms Part I: The Beginning 1: Uneasy Birth 2: Starting Up 3: Seeking Answers Part II: Seeking Answers 4: A New Intelligence Chief 5: Down on the Farm 6: Weighing the Value of Estimates Part III: Leadership Transition 7: The Death of a Chairman 8: Wobbling Forward 9: Brown at the Helm Part IV: End Game 10: A Second Retreat 11: The Final Stretch 12: The Commission Reports Part V: Reform Unraveled 13: In the Commission's Wake 14: Intelligence Reform Redux Appendix Notes

ISBN: 9780199737178
ISBN-10: 0199737177
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 560
Published: 9th February 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.9 x 16.3  x 4.3
Weight (kg): 0.87