Loch Johnson

With Others and Edited Works


Johnson, Loch K., and Amy Fletcher. "CIA and the Collection of Economic Intelligence." World Intelligence Review 13, no. 5 (1994): 1, 3-4.

This is a pedestrian, not especially informative broad view of economic topics on which the CIA might be focusing. The examples used seem off the mark for the areas they are meant to reinforce: e.g., to illustrate comments on CIA's "tasking" of U.S. business people who travel abroad with the example of Hughes Aircraft assisting in recovering a sunken Soviet submarine in 1974 does not advance the discussion. The article makes clear that such espionage is carried out for U.S. policymakers, not for American companies.


Johnson, Loch K., and Annette Freyberg. "Ambivalent Bedfellows: German-American Intelligence Relations, 1969-1991." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 10, no. 2 (Summer 1997): 165-179.

This article is very general in nature, but correctly projects that U.S.-German intelligence cooperation is likely to continue into the future despite occasional disagreement on political and economic issues.

[Liaison/Foreign; Germany/90s][c]

Johnson, Loch K., and Kevin J. Scheid. "Spending for Spies: Intelligence Budgeting in the Aftermath of the Cold War." Public Budgeting & Finance 17, no. 4 (Dec. 1997): 7-27.

[GenPostCW/90s/Gen; GenPostwar/Budgets/90s/Gen]

Johnson, Loch, ed. Handbook of Intelligence Studies. London: Routledge, 2007. 2009. [pb]

Peake, Studies 51.2 (2007), finds that this work provides "broad, authoritative coverage of the subject.... Johnson has assembled 26 articles from 27 academics and professionals that discuss aspects of the literature, history, and the intelligence cycle." However, to the reviewer, the treatments of open source intelligence and counterintelligence leave much to be desired. Access to the book may be limited by its "hefty, $170, price tag." Clark comment: Picking up on Peake's comment on access to this work, Routledge's paperback is priced at $48.95, not great but much better.


Johnson, Loch K., ed. Intelligence: Critical Concepts in Military, Strategic, and Security Studies. 4 vols. New York: Routledge, 2011.

Volume 1: The Collection and Analysis of National Security Intelligence

Volume 2: Covert Action: The Aggressive Arm of National Security Intelligence

Volume 3: Counterintelligence: Shield for National Security Intelligence

Volume 4: Holding National Security Intelligence Accountable

Peake, Studies 55.3 (2011), notes that the "76 articles and extracts" that comprise these volumes "have all appeared elsewhere.... The $1,272 price for this collection is steep, but its value is in the convenient access it provides to the literature."


Johnson, Loch K., ed. The Oxford Handbook of National Security Intelligence. New York & London: Oxford University Press, 2010. 2012. [pb]

Clark comment: This collected work of 928 pages sports a $150.00 pricetag; the Fall 2010 catalog shows a reduced price of $120.00. The Fall 2012 catalog lists a paperback version at a reduced price of $44.00.

Peake, Studies 54.3 (Sep. 2010) and Intelligencer 18.1 (Fall-Winter 2010), notes that this work contains "56 mostly original articles," the authors of which "are a mix of academics and professionals ... from seven countries." The articles "cover most elements of the profession. Only the technical aspects are omitted.... This is a very valuable reference work, at least for the present." Schecter, I&NS 27.4 (Aug. 2012), calls this "an impressive, skillfully organized and, for the most part. well-written and readable collection of essays."


Johnson, Loch K., ed. Strategic Intelligence, 5 vols. Westport, CT: Praeger Security International, 2006.

Volume 1: Understanding the Hidden Side of Government

Volume 2: The Intelligence Cycle: The Flow of Secret Information from Overseas to the Highest Councils of Government

Volume 3: Covert Action: Behind the Veils of Secret Foreign Policy

Volume 4: Counterintelligence and Counterterrorism: Defending the Nation Against Hostile Forces

Volume 5: Intelligence and Accountability: Safeguards Against the Abuse of Secret Power

Peake, Studies 51.3 (2007), finds that these "volumes draw on the past to offer a broad view of the role intelligence is supposed to play in today's world and the realities of its challenging existence. The conscientious reader will learn of the myriad problems while developing an understanding of the difficult solutions required."

For Winn, Parameters 38.1 (Spring 2008), this "comprehensive survey" provides "unique insight into a world built on the collection, analysis, and dissemination of information.... The five volumes present empirical inquiries, historical views, theoretical frameworks, memoirs, case studies, interviews, legal analyses, comparative essays, and ethical assessments. The authors come from varying backgrounds" and each "has different personal experiences and writes from his or her own perspective. The books provide an excellent reference for students of the military, political affairs, foreign policy, or strategic planning. The supporting notes at the end of each chapter are especially helpful."

Laurent, IN&S 25.2 (Apr. 2010), says that these volumes offer "an innovative overview of the most illuminating and state-of-the-art research on intelligence. There is no doubt that these five volumes represent a landmark in the field of intelligence studies." However, "this excellent collection is focused implicitly on the Anglo-Saxon case and on the Anglo-Saxon way of studying intelligence."


Johnson, Loch K., and James J. Wirtz, eds.

1. Strategic Intelligence: Windows into a Secret World. Los Angeles, CA: Roxbury, 2004.

Peake, Studies 48.4 (2004), finds that the editors "have assembled 35 articles on the major functions of the intelligence profession.... The purpose of creating this book was to fill a gap that has grown as more and more courses on intelligence matters have appeared in university curricula over the last 30 years.... What was needed ... was a reader with contributions by recognized professionals that covered the main issues of the profession ... from many points of view. This book meets that need."

2. Intelligence and National Security: The Secret World of Spies -- An Anthology. 2d ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.

Peake, Studies 52.1 (Mar. 2008) and Intelligencer 16.1 (Spring 2008), notes the name change in this edited work, as well as the substitution of some new material on additional topics. Regrettably, the index does not reflect the new material; and some of the articles left unchanged need to be updated.. Nevertheless, this anthology "lay[s] the foundation for sensible discussion, and that argues strongly for reading it closely."

3. Intelligence: The Secret World of Spies -- An Anthology. 3d ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010. 4th ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.

For Peake, Studies 56.1 (Mar. 2012) and Intelligencer 19.2 (Summer-Fall 2012), this "is a positive contribution" and "a real help to teachers and those seeking to expand their knowledge of the profession.... Twenty-four of this edition's 39 articles are new." This work is "well documented and well written." Peake, Studies 59.1 (Mar. 2015), notes that the fourth edition "has 40 articles, six of which are new." This "is a good introduction to the topic and a valuable contribution."


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