Melvin A. Goodman

Melvin Goodman director

National Security Project

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Goodman is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University. He was division chief and senior analyst at the Office of Soviet Affairs, Central Intelligence Agency from 1976 to 1986. He was a senior analyst at the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, State Department from 1974 to 1976. He was an intelligence adviser to the Strategic Arms Limitations Talks in Vienna and Washington. He is co-author of The Wars of Edvard Shevardnadze (2nd edition, 2001), The Phantom Defense, America's Pursuit of the Star Wars Illusion (2001); Bush League Diplomacy; How the Neoconservatives are Putting the World at Risk (2004); Failure of Intelligence: the Decline and Fall of the CIA (2008). Goodman's latest book, National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism, is set to release in late February of 2013. Goodman appeared on C-SPAN to discuss his book, and was also featured on Democracy Now to provide insight to John Brennan's qualifications for CIA Director.

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  • Publications

    National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism

    by Melvin A. Goodman

    Feb-18-2013 | Book

    Upon leaving the White House in 1961, President Eisenhower famously warned Americans about the dangers of a "military industrial complex," and was clearly worried about the destabilizing effects of a national economy based on outsized investments in military spending. As more and more Americans fall into poverty and the global economy spirals downward, the United States is spending more on the military than ever before... Read More »

    The CIA and the Perils of Politicization

    by Melvin A. Goodman

    Mar-17-2008 | Report

    Melvin Goodman analyzes the CIA's vulnerability to politicization due to its mission to provide intelligence to policymakers. ... Read More »

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  • Commentary

    Inside the Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Torture: The CIA’s Disgrace

    by Melvin A. Goodman

    Dec-12-2014 | Article

    The disgraceful and unconscionable role of the CIA in President George W. Bush’s Global War on Terror included the sadistic torture and abuse that predated and exceeded the so-called Torture Memoranda of the Department of Justice; the pathetic mismanagement by CIA directors and deputy directors that actually abetted the sadism; and the pathological lying that has accompanied the CIA’s campaign to marginalize the Senate report and the Senate intelligence committee’s chairwoman, Senator Dianne Feinstein... Read More »

    A Spurious Challenge to the Senate Torture Report: The CIA’s Operation Deception

    by Melvin A. Goodman

    Dec-10-2014 | Article

    CIA director John Brennan, having failed to block the release of the Senate intelligence committee’s report on torture and abuse, is now abetting the efforts of former CIA directors and deputy directors to rebut the report’s conclusions that the interrogation techniques amounted to sadism and that senior CIA officials lied to the White House, the Congress, and the Department of Justice about the effectiveness of the enhanced interrogation program... Read More »

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  • In the Press

    CIA Chief Is a Defender with Influence

    Melvin A. Goodman

    Dec-14-2014 | Quotes

    John Brennan was remembered by colleagues at the CIA as "moving in the direction of power and not being able to exercise any independence... Read More »

    Conversations with Great Minds

    Melvin A. Goodman

    Nov-08-2014 | Interviews

    The military-industrial complex is degrading the infrastructure and vision of the United States (segment begins at 30 minute mark)... Read More »

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