Getting to Know the President

Getting to Know the President

Intelligence Briefings of Presidential Candidates, 1952-2004

Book - 2012
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 This second edition of Getting To Know the President by John Helgerson makes a singular contribution to the literature of intelligence by describing this important process of information sharing between the Intelligence Community (IC) and the Chief Executive, the President of the United States, starting as a presidential candidate. Since 1952, the CIA, and now the Intelligence Community as a whole, has provided presidential candidates and presidents-elect with intelligence briefings during their campaigns and transitions. These briefings have helped presidents be as well informed as possible on international developments from the day they take office.

First published in 1996 and now revised and updated to include accounts of intelligence support to candidates and presidents-elect in the three elections between then and 2004, Helgerson's study provides unique insights into the mechanics and content of the briefings, the interaction of the participants, and the briefings' effect on the relationships presidents have had with their intelligence services. His observations on how and what to brief during the campaign and transition periods are essential reading for members of the community charged with that responsibility in the future and seeking to learn from the best practices of their predecessors.

Publisher: [Washington, D.C.] : Center for the Study of Intelligence, Central Intelligence Agency, 2012
Edition: 2nd ed
ISBN: 9781929667192
Branch Call Number: E840.6 .H44 2012x
Characteristics: xvi, 208 p. ill. ; 23 cm


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