National Security Intelligence

Authored by: Loch K. Johnson

Routledge Handbook of American Foreign Policy

Print publication date:  August  2011
Online publication date:  April  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415800884
eBook ISBN: 9780203878637
Adobe ISBN: 9781135967352


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The subject of national security intelligence—information provided to a nation’s leaders by secretive government agencies to protect citizens against threats from domestic or foreign sources—has been around since the days of antiquity. Down through the years all civilizations have had spies working for them and against them. Only in the past three decades, however, has the formal study of national security intelligence reached maturity and a degree of prominence as a subfield of international affairs.

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