Washington, DC: U. S. Government Printing Office, 2005. Presumed first edition/first printing. Wraps. With the companion CD present in back pocket. , xxxviii, 660 pages. Front cover has folding flap with text. Footnotes. Fold-out. Maps. Illustrations. This was prepared under the auspices of David F. Gordon, Vice Chairman, National Intelligence Council. This is a historic collection of intelligence documents related to the Vietnam War. It contains 38 documents with an additional 174 in the companion CD. These document show how the U.S. Intelligence Community viewed critical developments over a 27-year period, ranging from analysis of the breakup of colonial empires to the Communist takeover of Saigon in 1975. From Wikipedia: "The National Intelligence Council (NIC) is the center for midterm and long-term strategic thinking within the United States Intelligence Community (IC). It was formed in 1979. According to its official website: It leads the IC's effort to produce National Intelligence Estimates and other documents; It supports (and reports to) the Director of National Intelligence; It serves as a focal point for policymakers' questions; It contributes to the effort to allocate IC resources in response to policy changes; and It communicates with experts in academia and the private sector to broaden the IC's perspective; The NIC's goal is to provide policymakers with the best information: unvarnished, unbiased and without regard to whether the analytic judgments conform to current U.S. policy."
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