The U.S. Intelligence Community


Jeffrey T. Richelson

Seventh Edition • July 28, 2015 • 632 pages


Print ISBN: 9780813349183 • $52.00 USD$67.50 CAN

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The role of intelligence in U.S. government operations is more critical than ever to domestic security and foreign policy. This authoritative and highly researched book written by Jeffrey T. Richelson provides a detailed overview of America’s vast intelligence empire, from its organizations and operations to its management structure. Drawing from a multitude of sources, including hundreds of official documents, The U.S. Intelligence Community allows readers to understand the full scope of intelligence organizations and activities, and gives valuable support to policymakers and military operations.

The seventh edition has been fully revised to include a new concluding chapter on the major issues confronting the intelligence community, including secrecy and leaks, domestic spying, and congressional oversight, as well as revamped chapters on signals intelligence and cyber collection, geospatial intelligence, and open sources. The inclusion of more charts and photos, as well as electronic briefing books available at westviewpress.com, makes The U.S. Intelligence Community an even more valuable resource.


Electronic Briefing Books, each containing an introduction from the author and primary documents relevant to the material covered in the Seventh Edition of The U.S. Intelligence Community are available for immediate download (please click the links below, and note that the files are large).

Briefing Book I (Chapters 1-6) – 64MB

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Jeffrey T. Richelson received his PhD in political science from the University of Rochester. A senior fellow at the National Security Archive in Washington, DC, Richelson has authored numerous works on intelligence, spying, and weapons of mass destruction, including Spying on the Bomb: American Nuclear Intelligence from Nazi Germany to Iran and North Korea, The Wizards of Langley: Inside the CIA’s Directorate of Science and Technology, and America’s Space Sentinels: the History of DSP and SBIRS Satellite Systems.

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments

Chapter 1: INTELLIGENCE
Intelligence Activities
The Intelligence Cycle
Varieties of Finished Intelligence
Targets
The Utility of Intelligence
The Intelligence Community
Notes

Chapter 2: NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE ORGANIZATIONS
Central Intelligence Agency
National Security Agency
Special Collection Service
National Reconnaissance Office
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
National Underwater Reconnaissance Office
Notes

Chapter 3: DEFENSE DEPARTMENT INTELLIGENCE
History and Current Charter
Overview
Directorate for Operations
Directorate for Science and Technology
Directorate for Analysis
Regional Centers
Directorate for Intelligence, J2
National Media Exploitation Center

Chapter 4: MILITARY SERVICE INTELLIGENCE ORGANIZATIONS
Army Intelligence Organizations
Navy Intelligence Organizations
Air Force Intelligence Organizations
Marine Corps Intelligence Organizations
Coast Guard Intelligence Organizations
Notes

Chapter 5: CIVILIAN INTELLIGENCE ORGANIZATIONS
Department of State Intelligence
Department of Energy Intelligence
Department of Treasury Intelligence
Department of Homeland Security Intelligence
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Drug Enforcement Administration Intelligence
Notes

Chapter 6: UNIFIED COMMAND INTELLIGENCE ORGANIZATIONS
Africa Command
Central Command
European Command
Northern Command
Pacific Command
Southern Command
U.S. Special Operations Command
Strategic Command
Transportation Command
Notes

Chapter 7: GEOSPATIAL INTELLIGENCE COLLECTION, PROCESSING, EXPLOITATION, AND DISSEMINATION
Collection
Processing and Exploitation
Dissemination
Notes

Chapter 8: SIGNALS INTELLIGENCE AND CYBER COLLECTION
Targets
Space Collection
Airborne Collection
Ground-Based Remote Collection
Embassy and Consular Intercept Sites
Clandestine SIGINT
RAMPART, MUSCULAR, and PRISM
Surface Ships
Underseas Collection
Notes

Chapter 9: MEASUREMENT AND SIGNATURE INTELLIGENCE
Space Collection
Airborne Collection
Ground Collection
Seaborne Collection
Underseas Collection
Notes

Chapter 10: SPACE SURVEILLANCE
Dedicated SSN Sensors
Collateral SSN Sensors
Contributing SSN Sensors
Additional Space Surveillance Capabilities
Notes

Chapter 11: HUMAN INTELLIGENCE
Officers and Diplomats
Agents and Assets
Defectors and Emigrés
Detainees and POWs
Travelers
Notes

Chapter 12: OPEN SOURCES, SITE EXPLOITATION, AND FOREIGN MATERIEL ACQUISITION
Open Sources
Site Exploitation
Foreign Materiel Acquisition
Notes

Chapter 13: COOPERATION WITH FOREIGN SERVICES
Geospatial Intelligence Cooperation
Signals Intelligence Cooperation
Measurement and Signature Intelligence Cooperation
Space Surveillance Cooperation
Human Intelligence Cooperation
Open Source Intelligence Cooperation
Counterterrorism Cooperation
Counternarcotics Cooperation
Analysis and Data Exchange
Notes

Chapter 14: ANALYSIS
Analysts
Analytical Techniques
Current Intelligence
Warning Intelligence
Estimates
Reports and Studies
Leadership Profiles
Reference Documents and Databases
Domestic Intelligence Analysis
Notes

Chapter 15: COUNTERINTELLIGENCE
The Foreign Intelligence Threat
Investigations
Collection
Evaluation of Defectors and Agents
Research, Analysis & Production
Disruption and Neutralization
CI Functional Services
Notes

Chapter 16: COVERT ACTION
Afghanistan
GREYSTONE
Iran
Libya
Pakistan
Somalia
Syria
Yemen
Notes

Chapter 17: MANAGING NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE
The President, the National Security Council, and the PIAB
The Director of National Intelligence & Deputies
Committees, Boards, and Councils
Intelligence Community Directives
National Intelligence Program
National Intelligence Management Council
National Intelligence Council
National Counterterrorism Center
National Counterproliferation Center
Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive
Notes

Chapter 18: MANAGING DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE
The USD (I)
Military Intelligence Program
The MIB and DISTC
Defense Warning Council
Defense Open Source Council
JCS Reconnaissance Operations Division
Defense Intelligence Officers
DOD & Service Directives and Instructions
Notes

Chapter 19: MANAGING INTELLIGENCE COLLECTION, COVERT ACTION, AND INFORMATION ACCESS
Managing Satellite Imaging
Managing SIGINT
Managing HUMINT
Managing Covert Action
Managing Information Access
Notes

Chapter 20: ISSUES
Spying All Over the World
Fighting Terror
Bulk Collection
Secrecy and Leaks
Congressional Oversight
Parting Comments
Notes
Back Matter

Acronyms and Abbreviations
Index

Praise for the sixth edition

“This is an indispensable guide to a subject that has often been shielded by secrets and lies. Richelson brings order and clarity to the astounding complexity of U.S. intelligence. Thoroughly researched and carefully documented, this volume is the best place to begin exploring the intelligence community as it exists today.”
—Steven Aftergood, Federation of American Scientists

“For years now, Jeff Richelson’s The U.S. Intelligence Community has been the go-to book for experts and laymen alike who want to know the latest about espionage organization and tradecraft in the United States. Now with his sixth edition of this classic work, he reaches new heights of excellence in research and presentation. No one has ferreted out the details of this subject better than Dr. Richelson.”
—Loch K. Johnson, Regents Professor, University of Georgia; Senior Editor, Intelligence & National Security

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