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The Threat on the Horizon: An Inside Account of America's Search for Security After the Cold War

ISBN : 9780199737178

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¥6,303
Author: 
Loch K. Johnson
Pages
560 Pages
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Hardcover
Size
163 x 239 mm
Pub date
Apr 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. The purpose of the commission was to help the Central Intelligence Agency and other organizations in the U.S. intelligence community adapt to the quite different world that had emerged after the end of the Cold War in 1991. In The Threat on the Horizon, eminent national security scholar Loch K. Johnson, who served as Aspin's assistant, offers a comprehensive insider's account of this inquiry. Based on a close sifting of government documents and media reports, interviews with participants, and, above all, 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. It will be the first published account by an insider of a presidential commission on intelligence-a companion volume to Johnson's acclaimed study of the Church Committee investigation into intelligence in 1975 (A Season of Inquiry). This examination of the Aspin-Brown Commission is an invaluable source for anyone interested in the how the intelligence agencies of the world's most powerful nation struggled to confront new global threats that followed the collapse of the Soviet empire, and why Washington, D.C. was unprepared for the calamities that would soon arise.

Index: 

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
INDEX

About the author: 

Loch K. Johnson is the Regents Professor of International Affairs in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia. His many books include A Season of Inquiry: The Senate Intelligence Investigation; America's Secret Power: The CIA in a Democratic Society; Seven Sins of American Foreign Policy; and Bombs, Bugs, Drugs, and Thugs: Intelligence and America's Quest for Security.

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