Melvin Goodman

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Mel Goodman in 2017

Melvin Allan "Mel" Goodman is a national security and intelligence expert. He has worked as an analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the State Department, taught at the National War College and Johns Hopkins University, and is a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy.[1]


Goodman's career in intelligence began in the U.S. Army where he worked as cryptographer.[2] He then worked as an analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency,[2] from 1966 to 1974. He transferred to the Bureau of Intelligence and Research in 1974, where he spent the next two years working as a senior analyst. He returned to the Central Intelligence Agency in 1976, and served as the division chief and senior analyst at the Office of Soviet Affairs until leaving in 1986.

He also served as an intelligence adviser to the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks.

He went on to teach at the National War College as a professor of international security, from 1986 through 2004.[2] He is currently an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University, and a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy.


  • The Wars of Edvard Shevardnadze. Greenwood Publishing Group. 1991. ISBN 9780275936969.
  • Carolyn McGiffert Ekedahl, Melvin Allan Goodman (1997). The wars of Ėduard Shevardnadze. Penn State Press. ISBN 9780271039060.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  • The Phantom Defense, America's Pursuit of the Star Wars Illusion. Greenwood Publishing Group. 2001. ISBN 9780275971830.
  • Bush League Diplomacy: How the Neoconservatives are Putting the World at Risk. Prometheus Books. 2004. ISBN 9781616140007.
  • Failure of Intelligence: the Decline and Fall of the CIA. Rowman & Littlefield. 2008. ISBN 9780742551107.
  • National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism. City Lights Books. 2013. ISBN 9780872865891. [3]
  • Whistleblower at the CIA. An Insiders Account of the Politics of Intelligence. City Lights Books. 2016. ISBN 9780872867307


  1. ^ "Melvin A. Goodman". Center for International Policy. Retrieved February 27, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Lepore, Jill (28 Jan 2013). "How much military is enough?". New Yorker. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  3. ^ Catherine Lutz (January 18, 2013). "'National Insecurity,' by Melvin Goodman". Rather than casting the standard line—these are the ills of a nation that has not competed well in a global marketplace—Goodman attaches this decline in the American quality of life to a metastasizing military budget allowed by our erroneous belief in the ability of force to make the world a better place.

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