Jan Goldman


Goldman, Jan.

1. ed. Ethics of Spying: A Reader for the Intelligence Professional. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2005.

Peake, Studies 50.3 (Sep. 2006), finds that this work "asks whether the intelligence profession can be ethical and effective at the same time. The potential conflicts between truth, cover, and deception are considered in the contributions from 25 authors, many with experience in the profession."

For Brooks, 22.4 NIPQ (Sep. 2006), this work is "an excellent resource" for "making students give serious thought to the underpinnings of ethics." However, the authors' points of views "range from the simplistic ... to naive ... to very sophisticated philosophical examinations." The Chomeau and Rudolph essay "is elegant in its straightforwardness and compelling logic."

Micklewright, DIJ 15.1 (2006), comments that this easily readable book "serves as a central reference for intelligence professionals looking for guidance." Case studies help readers "make the most" of the book's information "by requiring them to apply what they have learned." To Chapman 20.1 (Spring 2007), some of these articles "are profound and provoke thought," but others are "wide of the mark."

2. ed. Ethics of Spying: A Reader for the Intelligence Professional, Volume 2. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2010.

Peake, Studies 54.2 (Jun. 2010) and Intelligencer 18.1 (Fall-Winter 2010), finds that the focus of this volume "is theoretical." Although it "may be useful for students, scholars, those unfamiliar with the topic, and those seeking a theoretical base for ethics in intelligence, it adds nothing new for the practicing professional."

3. "Ethics of Spying." Defense Intelligence Journal 14, no. 2 (2005): 45-52.

Text of speech to Joint Military Intelligence College Alumni Association, U.S. Naval Academy, 3 October 2005.


Goldman, Jan. "Warning and the Policy Process: Problem Definition and Chaos Theory." Defense Intelligence Journal 7, no. 2 (Fall 1998): 65-80.

The author suggests that new theoretical models are needed to better understand the dynamics of the public policy process.


Goldman, Jan. Words of Intelligence: A Dictionary. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2006. Words of Intelligence: An Intelligence Professional's Lexicon for Domestic and Foreign Threats. 2d ed. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2011.

Mc Ivor, AIJ 24 (2006), notes that this work provides over 600 terms relating to many aspects of intelligence work. It "serves as an invaluable source for those requiring rapid access to a working knowledge of intelligence-related terms and issues." For Peake, Studies 51.1 (Mar. 2007), too many of the terms included here do not apply to the intelligence profession, that is, they are generic terms with no special intelligence meaning. Also, many terms can be found in official publications, but the definitions in this work "do not match." Words of Intelligence is step toward a standard definition of intelligence terms, but additional work is needed.

Delp, DIJ 16.2 (2007), refers to the author's "concise definitions of the 'words' of intelligence" contained in this work. In addition, "Goldman provides many examples within the definitions, which gives the reader a richer comprehension of the term." The reviewer believes that knowledge of the "frequency or occurrence [of the terms] in the business of national security and intelligence would be useful."

To Peake, Studies 56.1 (Mar. 2012) and Intelligencer 19.2 (Summer-Fall 2012), the second edition is a "much improved" version, although there are still inclusions that do not belong and omissions of terms that should be included. The reviewer cautions readers "not to accept these definitions as final, although they are reasonable points of departure." Opstal, AIJ 30.1 (2012), finds that "Goldman includes useful idiomatic, anecdotal, and factual data about many terms in his lexicon. This information, coupled with ample sourcing records, allows the reader to pursue more in-depth study of specific intelligence topics."


Goldman, Jan, and Susan Maret, eds. Government Secrecy: Classic and Contemporary Readings. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2009.

Moss, AIJ 28.1 (2010), comments that "[w]hile rich in depth and background, the utility of this text is largely limited to the classroom, and not to the field. For those who wish to understand the nature and history of secrecy, though, this compilation of essays has few peers....It is a guide to understanding how the concept has evolved and become interwoven into our society and our institutions.... [T]here is an apparent bias in favor of greater transparency and openness that cannot be ignored, though it is not overpowering by any means. The authors of these essays largely all respect the need to keep certain information secret and protected."


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