National Security Generally

To 1990s

Babcock, James H. "Intelligence and National Security." Signal 33, no. 3 (Mar. 1978): 16-18, 20. [Petersen]

Bundy, McGeorge. Danger and Survival: Choices About the Bomb in the First Fifty Years. New York: Random House, 1988. New York: Vintage, 1988. [pb]

Petersen: "Detailed discussion of the missile gap question."

Dulles, Allen W. "Intelligence Estimating and National Security: An Address, January 26, 1960." Department of State Bulletin 42 (14 Mar. 1960): 411-417.

Gaddis, John Lewis. "NSC 68 and the Problem of Ends and Means." International Security 4, no. 4 (1980): 164-170.

Hoxie, R. Gordon, et al. The Presidency and National Security Policy. New York: Center for the Study of the Presidency, 1984.

Jones, Frank Leith. Blowtorch: Robert Komer, Vietnam, and American Cold War Strategy. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2013.

Freedman, FA 92.3 (May-Jun. 2013), notes that this is a "sympathetic biography." The author "makes a convincing argument that Komer was, in fact, a master strategist, able to put short-term issues in their wider context and think through the likely consequences of action." For Wirtz, IJI&C 27.4 (Winter 2014), this is a "finely crafted monograph." It "makes a convincing case that Komer was a gifted strategist who was able to devise politically sensitive policies that matched ends to means to achieve realistic objectives that furthered U.S. interests."

Peake, Studies 59.2 (Jun. 2015), says the author "adds particulars to a colorful though relatively unknown CIA analyst who became an advisor to four presidents." Komer's "passion for and contribution to strategic issues and national policy have received insufficient attention. Blowtorch adjusts the balance."

Knorr, Klaus E., ed.

1. Historical Dimensions of National Security Problems. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 1976.

2. Power, Strategy, and Security. Princeton. NJ: Princeton University Press, 1983.

Pfaltzgraff, Robert L., Jr., Uri Ra'anan, and Warren Milberg, eds. Intelligence Policy and National Security. London: Macmillan, 1981.

Pforzheimer notes that this book consists of the papers (later updated and expanded) from a 1979 conference hosted by Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. The authors include a number of distinguished practitioners and "thinkers" in the field of intelligence. "The reputations of many of the authors ... makes this book an interesting contribution to the literature and worth reading."

Raskin, Marcus. The Politics of National Security. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Books, 1979.

Raskin has nothing but contempt for the national security establishment and the government that sustains it.

Sarkesian, Sam C. U.S. National Security: Policymakers, Processes, and Politics. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 1989. UA23S275

This is an undergraduate-level national security text.

U.S. Department of State. Office of the Historian. Foreign Relations of the United States, 1964-1968. Vol. X. National Security Policy. Washington, DC: GPO, 2002. []

From "Overview": "The editor tried to document ... the roles of President Lyndon Johnson and his key foreign policy advisers ... in the administration's consideration of ... national security issues. Major topics ... include: analyses of the Soviet military threat, the development of new U.S. weapons, the question of U.S. development and deployment of an anti-ballistic missile (ABM) system, chemical and biological weapons, tactical nuclear weapons, counter-insurgency policy, improvement of command and control systems, and military force structure."

U.S. Department of State. Office of the Historian. Gen. ed., Edward C. Keefer. Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976.

Volume XXXIV. National Security Policy, 1969–1972. Ed., M. Todd Bennett. Washington, DC: GPO, 2011. [Available at:]

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