The Threat on the Horizon: An Inside Account of Americas Search for Security after the Cold War

Hardcover | February 23, 2011

byLoch K. Johnson

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The Aspin-Brown Commission of 1995-1996, led by former U.S. Defense Secretaries Les Aspin and Harold Brown, was a landmark inquiry into the activities of America's secret agencies. The purpose of the commission was to help the Central Intelligence Agency and other organizations in the U.S.intelligence community adapt to the quite different world that had emerged after the end of the Cold War in 1991. In The Threat on the Horizon, eminent national security scholar Loch K. Johnson, who served as Aspin's assistant, offers a comprehensive insider's account of this inquiry. Based on a close sifting of government documents and media reports, interviews with participants, and, above all, his owneyewitness impressions, Johnson's thorough history offers a unique window onto why the terrorist attacks of 2001 caught the United States by surprise and why the intelligence community failed again in 2002 when it predicted that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction. It will be the firstpublished account by an insider of a presidential commission on intelligence - a companion volume to Johnson's acclaimed study of the Church Committee investigation into intelligence in 1975 (A Season of Inquiry). This examination of the Aspin-Brown Commission is an invaluable source for anyoneinterested in the how the intelligence agencies of the world's most powerful nation struggled to confront new global threats that followed the collapse of the Soviet empire, and why Washington, D.C. was unprepared for the calamities that would soon arise.

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The Aspin-Brown Commission of 1995-1996, led by former U.S. Defense Secretaries Les Aspin and Harold Brown, was a landmark inquiry into the activities of America's secret agencies. The purpose of the commission was to help the Central Intelligence Agency and other organizations in the U.S.intelligence community adapt to the quite diff...

Loch K. Johnson is the Regents Professor of International Affairs in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia. His many books include A Season of Inquiry: The Senate Intelligence Investigation; America's Secret Power: The CIA in a Democratic Society; Seven Sins of American Foreign Policy; and Bombs, B...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:560 pages, 6.5 × 9.41 × 1.81 inPublished:February 23, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199737177

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PrefaceAcknowledgmentsA Glossary of TermsPart I: The Beginning1. Uneasy Birth2. Starting Up3. Seeking AnswersPart II: Seeking Answers4. A New Intelligence Chief5. Down on the Farm6. Weighing the Value of EstimatesPart III: Leadership Transition7. The Death of a Chairman8. Wobbling Forward9. Brown at the HelmPart IV: End Game10. A Second Retreat11. The Final Stretch12. The Commission ReportsPart V: Reform Unraveled13. In the Commission's Wake14. Intelligence Reform ReduxAppendixNotesIndex