Stafford T. Thomas


Thomas, Stafford T. "Assessing Current Intelligence Studies." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 2, no. 2 (1988): 217-244.

The author assesses the "current state of research in Intelligence Studies" under four headings: "description, policy formulation, normative prescriptions, and explanation."


Thomas, Stafford T. "CIA Functional Diversity and the National Security Process." In The Vulnerable Labyrinth, ed. Stephen J. Cimbala. Ardsley on-Hudson, NY: Transnational, 1987.


Thomas, Stafford T. "The CIA's Bureaucratic Dimensions." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 12, no. 4 (Winter 1999): 399-413.

The author uses Anthony Downs' (Inside Bureaucracy [1994]) public administration models on organization behavior -- the varied personalities found in bureaus -- to look in mostly general terms at the CIA. The presentation is not uninteresting, but has only anecdotal evidence to support the generalities.


Thomas, Stafford T. "Hidden in Plain Sight: Searching for the CIA's 'New Missions.'" International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 13, no. 2 (Summer 2000): 144-159.

The author uses rational-national theory and political theory to argue that the CIA "need not (and perhaps cannot) find a 'new' identity and that any 'new' missions will be extensions of its traditional missions."


Thomas, Stafford T. "Intelligence Production and Consumption: A Framework of Analysis." In Intelligence Policy and Process, eds. A. Maurer, M. Tunstall, and J. Keagle. Boulder, CO: Westview, 1985.


Thomas, Stafford T. "A Political Theory of the CIA." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 11, no. 1 (Spring 1998): 57-72.

The author presents a theoretical framework for analysis of the CIA built around three areas of analysis: "the international political arena, the political world of Washington, and the bureaucratic level."


Thomas, Stafford T.

1. "On the Selection of Directors of Central Intelligence." Southeastern Political Review 9 (Spring 1981): 1-59.

2. "Presidential Styles and DCI Selection." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 7, no. 2 (Summer 1994): 175-198.

3. "Presidential Styles and DCI Selection." Paper prepared for delivery at the 1993 Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, Acapulco, Mexico, 24-27 Mar. 1993. [Private]


Thomas, Stafford T. The U.S. Intelligence Community. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1983.

Wilcox finds "many errors [and] gaps" in this overview.


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