Melvin Goodman

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Melvin Allan "Mel" Goodman is a national security and intelligence expert. He has worked as an analyst for the CIA and 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. In 1974 he transferred to the Bureau of Intelligence and Research where he spent the next two years working as a senior analyst. He returned to the CIA 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.



  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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