Resnick lecturer advocates CIA reform

November 24, 2008

Former CIA analyst Melvin A. Goodman will discuss “The Failure of Intelligence in a World at Risk,” during the annual Resnick Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 in McDaniel Lounge at McDaniel College.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Goodman will sign copies of his most recent book, “The Failure of Intelligence: The Decline and Fall of the CIA,” after the lecture. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

A CIA insider, Goodman is an outspoken advocate of top-to-bottom reform of the U.S. intelligence community. Few are more qualified to talk about this national security issue. Goodman has more than 30 years of experience in the CIA, the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research, and the Department of Defense. From 1966 until 1990 he was division chief and senior analyst at the CIA’s Office of Soviet Affairs.

Goodman’s talk relates directly to “September 11th and Its Aftermath,” a course in McDaniel’s new sophomore interdisciplinary studies program. But the lecture’s appeal spans a wide audience. It is a rare opportunity to hear about the U.S. intelligence community from someone who has had a front-row seat.

Currently he is a senior fellow and director of the National Security Program at the Center for International Policy. An adjunct professor of government at Johns Hopkins University, Goodman is a former professor of International Security Studies and chairman of the International Relations Department at the National War College.

Mel Goodman co-authored or authored six books, including “The Phantom Defense: America's Pursuit of the Star Wars Illusion,” “Bush League Diplomacy: How the Neoconservatives are Putting the World at Risk” and just this year “The Failure of Intelligence: The Decline and Fall of the CIA.”

Twice in the past five months on the Baltimore Sun’s opinion page, he has implored the next president to return the CIA to its original mission – that is, to gather and supply to policy makers useful, accurate and unbiased information about what is happening in the world.

The Alleck A. & Harriet Resnick Lecture was established in 1999 by Alvin and Elaine Mintzes to honor their friends Alleck and Harriett Resnick in recognition of Mr. Resnick’s dedicated service to McDaniel College and in the Baltimore Jewish community. The lectureship, under the guidance of Professor Christianna Nichols Leahy and the Department of Political Science, was established to bring to campus outstanding speakers whose careers have been dedicated to international relations.