Strategic Warning Intelligence: History, Challenges, and Prospects


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Georgetown University Press
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6.9 X 9.8 X 0.8 inches | 1.15 pounds

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About the Author

John A. Gentry is an adjunct professor in the Security Studies Program at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University and at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.

Joseph S. Gordon is the Colin Powell Chair for Intelligence Analysis at National Intelligence University, president emeritus of the International Association for Intelligence Education, and was formerly an analyst at the Defense Intelligence Agency.


Students and practitioners of intelligence will gain invaluable insight into a discrete analytic function that is regularly overlooked or misunderstood [from this book].

--International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence

As Chair of the National Intelligence Council until 2017, I was struck by a paradox: in this shapeless world, strategic warning is ever more important but is in one of its recurring troughs, as Gentry and Gordon note. Their book, by experienced professionals, provides an exhaustive discussion of how we got where we are, and it gives critical pointers to where we might go. In particular, the current practice of "every analyst is a warning analyst" means, as us government veterans know, that nobody is a warning analyst. They identify a number of possible arrangements, but the common central feature is focal points in the Intelligence Community for warning as a goad and cheerleader for both better practice and more training, and as a test bed for new warning methods in this era of ubiquitous data.

--Greg Treverton, Former Chair of the National Intelligence Council

Strategic Warning Intelligence is an important new study of the critical problem of intelligence warning. This book is a welcome successor to Cynthia Grabo's classic Handbook of Warning Intelligence, and it should be read by students, by professionals in intelligence and national security, and by everyone seeking to understand the many challenges facing the intelligence community today.

--Erik Dahl, Naval Postgraduate School