The National Security Enterprise: Navigating the Labyrinth, Second Edition

Roger Z. George (Editor) Harvey Rishikof (Editor)
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Georgetown University Press
Publish Date
July 01, 2017
6.9 X 10.2 X 0.9 inches | 0.02 pounds

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About the Author

Roger Z. George is the professor of national security practice at Occidental College and formerly professor of national security studies at the National War College from 2009 to 2015. He was also previously an adjunct professor for Georgetown University's Security Studies Program. During his thirty-year career as a CIA analyst, he also served at the State and Defense Departments and was the national intelligence officer for Europe. He is coeditor with James B. Bruce of Analyzing Intelligence: National Security Practitioners' Perspectives, 2nd edition, published in 2011.

Harvey Rishikof was formerly the dean of faculty and professor of law and national security at the National War College. He has written and lectured widely in the areas of national security, civil and military courts, terrorism, international law, civil liberties, and constitutional law. He has held senior positions in the federal judiciary, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the FBI. He has been the chairman of the American Bar Association's standing committee on law and national security.


A first-rate addition to the literature and an equally important classroom tool. The National Security Enterprise provides the best one-volume compilation I've seen for understanding intelligence, its internal processes, and the environment in which it operates.

--International Journal of Intelligence & Counter Intelligence

Edited by two of Washington's most experienced academic observers and policy practitioners, The National Security Enterprise is the 'go-to' source to understand how U.S. national security policy is made and implemented. It is insightful, comprehensive, and up to date.

--Robert Art, Christian A. Herter Professor of International Relations, Brandeis University

This updated edition couldn't be more timely or valuable. As renewed Great Power rivalry, economic nationalism, regional insecurity and technological advances transform the international landscape, the need for thoughtful renovation of U.S. national security decision-making is greater than ever. Drawing on the deep experience of many of the best American national security practitioners, with a thorough grasp of different bureaucratic cultures, this book is a terrific guide.

--William Burns, President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and former Deputy Secretary of State

This impressive volume provides a comprehensive and insightful overview of the vast and complicated machinery of national security policymaking. It is unique in focusing on factors that are so often left out of policy analysis: the institutional players, their interests, and their interactions. It will be indispensable for those seeking to understand how national security decisions are made and implemented.

--Steven Miller, Harvard University, Editor-in-Chief of International Security