National Insecurity

U.S. Intelligence After the Cold War

edited by Craig Eisendrath, foreword by Tom Harkin
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Practical solutions for the reform of national security operations


The Cold War has been over for ten years and no country threatens this nation's existence, yet, we still spend billions of dollars on covert action and espionage. Even during the Cold War, when intelligence was seen as a matter of life and death, our system served us badly. It provided unreliable information (leading, among other things, to a grossly inflated military budget) as it supported corrupt regimes around the world, promoted the drug trade, and repeatedly violated foreign and domestic laws. And worse, protected by a shroud of secrecy, it paid no price for its mistakes. Instead, it grew larger and more insulated every year.

In National Insecurity ten prominent experts describe, from an insider perspective, what went wrong with U.S. intelligence and what needs to be done to fix it. Drawing on their experience in government administration, research, and the foreign service, they propose a radical rethinking of the United States' intelligence needs in the post-Cold War world. In addition, they offer a coherent and unified plan for reform that can protect U.S. Security while upholding the values of our democratic system.

The contributors include Roger Hilsman, former Assistant Secretary of State, advisor to President Kennedy, and author of The Cuban Missile Crisis; Melvin A. Goodman, former division chief and senior analyst at the CIA's Office of Soviet Affairs; Robert E. White, former U.S. ambassador to El Salvador and Paraguay and president of the Center for International Policy; Robert V. Keeley, former ambassador to Greece, Zimbabwe, and Mauritius; Jack A. Blum, chief investigator for Senator Church's Senate Foreign Relations Committee and for the Senate investigation of the Iran-Contra scandal; Kate Doyle, analyst at the National Security Archive; Alfred W. McCoy, author of The Politics of Heroin; Robert Dreyfuss, a journalist who publishes regularly on intelligence matters; Richard A. Stubbing, who for twenty years handled the intelligence budget for the Office of Management and Budget; Pat M. Holt, former chief of the Senate Foreign Relations committee and author of Secret Intelligence and Public Policy; and the editor.


"The distinguished contributors to this book present a wide range of perspectives from which to assess our intelligence system. Their decades of public service command tremendous respect. Their views break new ground and demand the attention of the White House and of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. This book should be required reading by all congressional committees concerned with intelligence policy, surveillance, and appropriations, and by all Americans." Senator Tom Harkin, from the Foreword

"(A) comprehensive sweep of the disputes and principles that underlie the struggle for an ethics-grounded U.S. intelligence commitment." Baltimore Sun

"(The book) was published in 2000 but unfortunately, its relevance and importance have increased exponentially since the turn of the century.... This book is a must read." The review is available on the EU Policy Network website: Vol. 2, No. 3, pp. 43-46. The Journal of European Affairs

"National Insecurity is only the latest in a long line of volumes that make you think about the good and the bad all over again." Washington Monthly

"Veteran diplomats, former congressional staff members and journalists who specialize in intelligence coverage join forces in this collection of essays to call for a total overhaul of U.S. intelligence strategy." Christian Century

Table of Contents

Foreword – Senator Tom Harkin
Introduction – Craig Eisendrath
1. After the Cold War: The Need for Intelligence – Roger Hilsman
2. Espionage and Covert Action – Melvin A. Goodman
3. Too Many Spies, Too Little Intelligence – Robert E. White
4. CIA-Foreign Service Relations – Robert V. Keeley
5. Covert Operations: The Blowback Problem – Jack A. Blum
6. The End of Secrecy: U.S. National Security and the New Openness Movement – Kate Doyle
7. Mission Myopia: Narcotics as Fallout From the CIA's covert Wars – Alfred W. McCoy
8. TECHINT: The NSA, the NRO, and NIMA – Robert Dreyfuss
9. Improving the Output of Intelligence: Priorities, Managerial Changes, and Funding – Richard A. Stubbing
10. Who's Watching the Store? Executive-Branch and Congressional Surveillance – Pat M. Holt
Conclusions – Crag Eisendrath
Selected Bibliography
About the Center for International Policy
About the Contributors

About the Author(s)

Craig Eisendrath is Senior Fellow at the Center for International Policy in Washington, D.C. He served as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer.