National Intelligence

Title:                      National Intelligence

Author:                Jack Zlotnick

Zlotnick, Jack (1964). National Intelligence. Washington, DC: U.S. Industrial College of the Armed Forces

OCLC:    551293937

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  • An e-book in most libraries having it.

Date Updated:  September 4, 2015

The author, formerly with CIA, wrote this study to describe “the design of the machinery, process and concepts of national intelligence.” He divided this concise work into sections on, e.g., the U.S. intelligence community, the intelligence process, categories of national intelligence, and intelligence specializations (political, economic, military, etc.) Organizational changes have naturally made this part of the work dated but useful for reference; the bulk still stands since it is concerned with categories of intelligence. It is well organized, precise, and commendably brief for a textbook touching on the basics. Judgments he makes that have not weathered the effects of time and greater experience are few, but one of these must be identified. We are now more aware of the impact and quality of many national intelligence estimates (NIEs), which are markedly different from his high rating.

Reviewed by Paul W. Blackstock and Frank L. Schaf[1]

A textbook of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, the 1960 edition of which wos written by former CIA officer Zlotnick while o student at the college. Contains concise descriptions of the makeup of the national intelligence community along with some of its operating principles. There are useful categorizations of the specialized production divisions of intelligence such as estimates, basic intelligence, and current intelligence. Also described are the various categories of subject matter such as political, economic, military, and scientific and technical intelligence.

[1] Blackstock, Paul W. (1978) and Frank L. Schaf, Jr. Intelligence, Espionage, Counterespionage, And Covert Operations: A Guide to Information Sources. Detroit: Gale Research Co., p. 20


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