“The Five Disciplines of Intelligence Collection fills a real need for a basic guide to the key intelligence disciplines. It will be especially useful to intelligence practitioners and users of intelligence who need to know how intelligence is collected as well as the strengths and limitations of collection methods. Those who teach intelligence and national security issues, as I do, will find this book of immense utility.
“Lowenthal and Clark have done us a major service with this edited work. By organizing it around the five major intelligence “disciplines” (human, signals, geospatial, measurement and signature, and open source), they show us how each has developed over time, in collecting and analyzing information, in support of U.S. national security.
The textbook provides a basic overview of the five Intelligence collection disciplines that is easily digestible for undergraduates and establishes a solid framework for students to then apply the information to case studies and practical exercises.