Roy Godson

As Editor & With Others


Godson, Roy, ed. Comparing Foreign Intelligence: The U.S., the USSR, the U.K. and the Third World. Washington, DC: Pergamon-Brassey's, 1988.

Contents: Roy Godson, "Introduction: The New Study of Intelligence"; Kenneth G. Robertson, "The Study of Intelligence in the United States"; Christopher Andrew, "Historical Research on the British Intelligence Community"; John J. Dziak, "The Study of the Soviet Intelligence and Security System"; Dale F. Eickelman, "Intelligence in an Arab Gulf State" [Oman]; Adda Bozeman. "Political Intelligence in Non-Western Societies: Suggestions for Comparative Research."

Godson, Roy, ed. Intelligence Requirements for the 1980s. 7 vols. Washington, DC: National Strategy Information Center, 1979-1985.

1. Elements of Intelligence. 1979. Rev. ed., 1983.

2. Analysis and Estimates. 1980.

3. Counterintelligence. 1980.

4. Covert Action. 1981.

5. Clandestine Collection. 1985.

6. Domestic Intelligence. Lexington, MA: Lexington Books, 1986.

7. Intelligence and Policy. Lexington, MA: Lexington Books, 1986.

Clark comment: These volumes consist of the collected papers and comments from colloquia held by the Consortium for the Study of Intelligence, beginning in 1979. Though sorely dated for analytic purposes today, they are useful for exploring the state of mind of individuals broadly supportive of intelligence activities during a period where intelligence was beginning to climb out of the hole dug for it in the 1970s.

It is interesting to Constantinides that several of the contributors later served as advisers to the Reagan campaign and/or transition team members. He also thinks that the "discussion sections are typically too short and too general." Pforzheimer notes that "many of the papers ... are of uneven quality"; however, there are others that "deserve to be read with great care and interest by professionals and non-professionals alike."

Robertson, I&NS 2.4, comments that "the emphasis on maintaining a unified approach, and a focus upon public policy issues, has meant that ... no attempt has been made to challenge [the series'] own conceptions and assumptions at a fundamental level." Nonetheless, the "series does have considerable unity of purpose and concepts.... Further, this unity of purpose is not at the expense of a diversity of views."

[CIA/Requirements; Reform/80s]

Godson, Roy, ed. Intelligence Requirements for the 1990s: Collection, Analysis, Counterintelligence and Covert Action. Lexington, MA: Lexington Books, 1989.

Godson, Roy, with Richard Kerr [Former Deputy Director of Central Intelligence] and Ernest May [Professor of History, Harvard University]. Covert Action in the 1990s. Working Group on Intelligence Reform. Washington, DC: Consortium for the Study of Intelligence, 1992.


Godson, Roy, and Wm J. Olson. International Organized Crime: Emerging Threat to U.S. Security. Washington, DC: National Strategy Information Center, 1993.


Godson, Roy, and James J. Wirtz, eds. Strategic Denial and Deception: The Twenty-First Century Challenge. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction, 2002.

Richelson, IJI&C 16.1, comments that "[t]he examination of historical cases of denial and deception [D&D] as an aid to understanding the D&D issues of this new century is certainly reasonable.... There is a significant difference, however, between using historical studies as a complement to contemporary studies and as a substitute.... Also missing from the book is any detailed treatment of United States involvement with denial and deception.... Thus, Strategic Denial and Deception may benefit those unfamiliar with historical cases, but someone looking for a guide to the future will be sorely disappointed." Wirtz and Richelson exchange barbs in IJI&C 17.1/184-191.


Godson, Roy, Ernest May, and Gary Schmitt, eds. U.S. Intelligence at the Crossroads: Agendas for Reform. Washington, DC: Brassey's, 1995. JK468I6U18

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