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Truth to Power: A History of the U.S. National Intelligence Council

Robert Hutchings and Gregory F. Treverton


This first-ever history of the US National Intelligence Council (NIC) is told through the reflections of its eight chairs in the period from the end of the Cold War until 2017. Coeditors Robert Hutchings and Gregory Treverton add a substantial introduction placing the NIC in its historical context going all the way back to the Board of National Estimates in the 1940s, as well as a concluding chapter that highlights key themes and judgments. The historic mission of this remarkable but little-understood organization is strategic intelligence assessment in service of senior American foreign polic ... More

Keywords: National Intelligence Council, intelligence, foreign policy, national security, strategic analysis, intelligence community, national intelligence estimate, NIE, national intelligence officer

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190940003
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190940003.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Hutchings, editor
Dean, LBJ School, University of Texas-Austin

Gregory F. Treverton, editor
Senior Fellow, Harvard University Belfer Center