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From Secrets to Policy

Ninth Edition

June 2022 | 624 pages | CQ Press
Mark M. Lowenthal’s trusted guide is the go-to resource for understanding how the intelligence community’s history, structure, procedures, and functions affect policy decisions. In the fully updated Ninth Edition of Intelligence, the author addresses cyber security and cyber intelligence throughout, expands the coverage of collection, comprehensively updates the chapters on nation-state issues and transnational issues, and looks at foreign intelligence services, both large and small.

Chapter 1 • What Is “Intelligence”?
Chapter 2 • The Development of U.S. Intelligence
Chapter 3 • The U.S. Intelligence Community
Chapter 4 • The Intelligence Process—A Macro Look: Who Does What for Whom?
Chapter 5 • Collection and the Collection Disciplines
Chapter 6 • Analysis
Chapter 7 • Counterintelligence
Chapter 8 • Covert Action
Chapter 9 • The Role of the Policy Maker
Chapter 10 • Oversight and Accountability
Chapter 11 • The Intelligence Agenda: Nation-States
Chapter 12 • The Intelligence Agenda: Transnational Issues
Chapter 13 • Ethical and Moral Issues in Intelligence
Chapter 14 • Intelligence Reform
Chapter 15 • Foreign Intelligence Services

Still the best textbook of its kind on the market. Important for our students as a reference throughout our MS program.

Dr Michael J. Ard
Advanced Academic Programs, Johns Hopkins University
August 26, 2022

This book was masterfully designed to introduce undergraduates to the study of intelligence. There is nothing better out there. Beyond walking them through the basics of the intelligence community and the various intelligence functions, it provides relevant historical examples and case studies that serve to expand student understanding.

Dr Roberto Flores
Criminal Justice, Utah Valley University
September 30, 2022

Still the best option for a text that covers the wide range of topics regarding the intelligence field. Been using this text since 2011!

Mr Christopher Hickey
College of Strategic Intelligence, National Intelligence University
July 1, 2023
Key features
  • Examines the newest challenges facing the intelligence community, including the rise of domestic violent extremism; increasing tensions between Russia and China; election interferences during the 2016 and 2020 elections; the rise of artificial intelligence and machine learning in processing information, the SolarWinds, Hafnium, and Colonial breaches; and the threat of leaks and whistleblowers within intelligence organizations, and more.
  • Chapter 12 on the Intelligence Agenda has been heavily updated to include new section on Health Issues and Climate Change, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and national security implications of suppressing sensitive environmental data.
  • Provides a summary of the major laws, executive orders and intelligence community directives that govern U.S. intelligence.
  • Re-evaluates the cyber issue and discusses cyber as a possible new collection "INT."
  • Contains fully updated bibliographies at the end of each chapter.


  • A comprehensive, unbiased treatment of US Intelligence in the market gives readers a firm understanding of the role that intelligence plays in making national security policy and insight into its strengths and weaknesses. 
  • Up-to-date coverage of recent events and trends keeps the topics current and relevant.
  • A clear and concise writing style makes this book suitable for students at every level of experience.
  • Each chapter concludes with a list of readings recommended for a deeper examination of relevant issues. 
  • Additional bibliographic citations and websites are provided in Appendix 1 for further learning. 
  • Appendix 2 lists some of the most important reviews and proposals for change in the U.S. intelligence community since 1945— ensuring students are up-to-date on issues inherent in intelligence

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