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Biography

Professor Michael S. Goodman is Professor of ‘Intelligence and International Affairs’ and the Director of the King’s Centre for the Study of Intelligence.  He is a former Head of the Department of War Studies, King's College London.  He is currently Visiting Professor at the Norwegian Intelligence School and at Sciences Po in Paris.  He has published widely in the field of intelligence history, including The Official History of the Joint Intelligence Committee, Volume I: From the Approach of the Second World War to the Suez Crisis (Routledge, 2015), which was chosen as one of The Spectator’s books of the year.  He is series editor for ‘Intelligence, Surveillance and Secret Warfare’ for Edinburgh University Press; and is a member of the editorial boards for five journals. He has spent many years on secondment to the Cabinet Office, where he has been the Official Historian of the Joint Intelligence Committee: Volume II will be published in 2024. He is a current British army reservist.

Research Interests

  • Intelligence Studies
  • Nuclear Weapons History
  • Cold War History

Publications

He has published widely in the field of intelligence history and scientific intelligence, including Spying on the Nuclear Bear: Anglo-American Intelligence and the Soviet Bomb (Stanford University Press, 2008),  Spinning Intelligence: Why Intelligence Needs the Media, Why the Media Needs Intelligence (Columbia: Columbia University Press, 2009), Learning from the Secret Past: Cases in British Intelligence History (Georgetown University Press, 2011), The Routledge Companion to Intelligence Studies(Routledge, 2014); Spying on the World: The Declassified Documents of the Joint Intelligence Committee (Edinburgh University Press, 2014) and The Official History of the Joint Intelligence Committee, Volume I: From the Approach of the Second World War to the Suez Crisis (Routledge, 2014).  This last book, the Official History, was chosen as one of The Spectator’s books of the year.

His articles have appeared in Intelligence and National Security, the International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, CIA Studies in Intelligence, Cold War History, the Journal of Cold War Studies, the Journal of Strategic Studies, Cryptologia, The Journal of Intelligence History, Contemporary British History, Historical Studies in the Physical Sciences, Diplomacy and Statecraft, and International History Review.

He is series editor for ‘Intelligence, Surveillance, and Secret Warfare’ for Edinburgh University Press and ‘Intelligence and Security’ for Hurst/Oxford University Press. He is a member of the editorial boards for Intelligence and National Security; International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence; International Journal of Intelligence, Security, and Public Affairs; The Journal of Intelligence History and Contemporary British History.

For a full list of research outputs and publications please see his Research Profile.

PhD Supervision

He is happy to offer PhD supervision in the following broad areas:

  • Intelligence history, particularly the United Kingdom and USA 
  • Contemporary intelligence issues
  • Conceptual intelligence issues
  • The history of nuclear weapons
  • Britain’s Cold War History

Current PhD students

  • Corrigan, Polly, ‘Soviet Intelligence and the Persecution of Dissidents, 1937-1968’.  [First Supervisor]
  • Mazzola, Stephanie, ‘Intelligence Services in Post Conflict State Building: A Comprehensive Study of Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya’.  [First Supervisor]
  • Burnett, Berenice, ‘A Damage Assessment of the Cambridge Five’ [First Supervisor]
  • Schaefer, David, ‘The JIC Machinery and the Evolution of Commonwealth Intelligence Assessment, 1945-70’ [First Supervisor]
  • Yelamos, Charlotte, ‘The Materiality of Secret Intelligence: An Archaeological Analysis of Brixmis Intelligence Missions’ [First Supervisor]
  • Parker, Celia, ‘Leadership and Management of the UK Intelligence Community’ [First Supervisor]
  • Aswad, Nizar, ‘Analysing the Libyan WMD Programme and the 2003 Rollback Decision’ [First Supervisor]
  • Long, Magda, ‘Covert Action in the United States’ [Second Supervisor]

Completed PhD students

  • Miner, Michael, ‘Toward National Intelligence: Lessons from British History for an American Future – The Joint Intelligence Committee and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’.  [First Supervisor]
  • Brown, Richard, ‘The Dominions and the Bomb: Assessing the Imperial Aspects of the British Nuclear Programme, 1940-1952’.  [First Supervisor]Pyne, Kate, ‘The history of Thermonuclear Warhead Principles in the UK’.  Completed: 2016.  [First Supervisor]
    Morris, Daniel, ‘Terrorism and the Nature of Surprise Attack’.  Completed: 2009.  [First Supervisor]
  • Geltzer, Joshua, ‘Al-Qaeda as Audience’.  Completed: 2009.  [Second Supervisor]
  • Lethier, Pierre, ‘The Clandestine Clapperboard’.  Completed: 2010. [Joint First Supervisor]
  • Mahadevan, Prem, ‘The uses and limitations of intelligence in counter-terrorism’.  Completed: 2010. [Second Supervisor]
  • Cormac, Rory, ‘The Joint Intelligence Committee and Counterinsurgency at the End of Empire’.  Completed: 2011.  [First Supervisor]
  • Johnson, Laura, ‘Establishing broadcast monitoring as Open Source Intelligence: The BBC Monitoring Service during the Second World War’. Completed: 2013.  [Second Supervisor]
  • Vogt, Tobias, ‘Combating the 21st Century Nuclear Threat: US WMD Politics, Policy and Implementation’.  Completed: 2013.  [Second Supervisor]
  • Wynter, Matthew, ‘Merchants of Light: Dr R V Jones and the influence of British Scientific Intelligence on British military strategy in WWII’.  Completed: 2014.  [Second Supervisor]
  • Strehler, Christian, ‘Jihadism and the West – The United States’ and Britain’s approach to global jihad prior to 9/11’.  [First Supervisor]
  • White, Martha, ‘Fuzzy Thinking: Lessons from Philosophy for Applying Analytical Methodologies in Intelligence Analysis’.  [First Supervisor]
  • Riehle, Kevin, ‘Insider Information: Defectors’ Insights into a Closed System’.    [First Supervisor]

Publications

Chapter
1st Mar 2024

La communaute britannique du renseignement

Translated title of the contribution: The British intelligence communityParker-Vincent, C., Goodman, M. & Dylan, H., 1 Mar 2024, Les mondes du renseignement: Approches, acteurs, enjeux. Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, p. 155-16713 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterpeer-review

Book
15th Aug 2023

An Introduction to War Studies

Goodman, M. (ed.), Kerr, R. (ed.) & Moran, M. (ed.), 15 Aug 2023, (Accepted/In press) Edward Elgar.

Research output: Book/ReportBookpeer-review

Book
14th Nov 2022

A Research Agenda for Intelligence Studies and Government

Dylan, H., Dover, R. & Goodman, M., 14 Nov 2022, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. 246 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookpeer-review

Book
31st Oct 2022

Estimative Intelligence in European Foreign Policymaking: Learning Lessons from an Era of Surprise

Meyer, C. (ed.), Michaels, E. (ed.), Ikani, N. (ed.), Guttmann, A. (ed.) & Goodman, M. (ed.), 31 Oct 2022, Edinburgh: Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 251 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookpeer-review

Article
1st Jan 2022

Intelligence and culture: an introduction

Yelamos, C., Goodman, M. S. & Stout, M., 2022, In: Intelligence and National Security.37, 4, p. 475-4817 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Article
19th Jun 2020

Intelligence in the Cyber Era: Evolution or Revolution?

Gioe, D. V., Goodman, M. S. & Stevens, T., 19 Jun 2020, In: POLITICAL SCIENCE QUARTERLY.135, 2, p. 191-22434 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Editorial
6th Jun 2020

Health security intelligence: engaging across disciplines and sectors

Lentzos, F., Goodman, M. S. & Wilson, J. M., 6 Jun 2020, In: Intelligence and National Security.35, 4, p. 465-47612 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialpeer-review

Commissioned report
1st Jan 2020
Book
1st Jan 2020

The CIA and the Pursuit of Secrecy

Goodman, M., Dylan, H. & Gioe, D., 2020, Edinburgh University Press.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Article
7th Jun 2019

Unforgiven: Russian Intelligence Vengeance as Political Theater and Strategic Messaging

Gioe, D. V., Goodman, M. S. & Frey, D. S., 7 Jun 2019, In: Intelligence & National Security.34, 4, p. 561-57516 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Article
1st Dec 2018

Why the British Government Must Invest in the Next Generation of Intelligence Analysts

Devanny, J., Dover, R., Goodman, M. S. & Omand, D., Dec 2018, In: RUSI Journal.163, 6

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Article
1st Jan 2018
Article
1st Jan 2018

Impactful scholarship in intelligence: a public policy challenge

Dover, R. & Goodman, M. S., 2018, In: British Politics.p. 1-1818 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Chapter
1st Jan 2017

Two Worlds, One Common Pursuit: Why Greater Engagement with the Academic Community Could Benefit the UK's National Security

Dover, R., Goodman, M. S. & White, M., 2017, The Palgrave Handbook of Security, Risk and Intelligence.Palgrave Macmillan, p. 461-477

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Book
1st Jan 2017
Article
1st Jan 2017

The way of the Norse Ravens: merging profession and academe in Norwegian national intelligence higher education

Dylan, H., Goodman, M. S., Jackson, P., Jansen, P. T., Maiolo, J. & Pedersen, T., 2017, In: Intelligence and National Security.32, 7, p. 944-960

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Article
2nd Nov 2016
Article
28th Apr 2016

A Modern Day Requirement for Co-Ordinated Covert Action

Cormac, R., Goodman, M. S. & Holman, T., 28 Apr 2016, In: RUSI Journal.161, 2, p. 14-21

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Article
2nd Jan 2016

British Intelligence and the Fear of a Soviet Attack on Allied Communications

Goodman, M. S. & Dylan, H., 2 Jan 2016, In: CRYPTOLOGIA.40, 1, p. 15-3218 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Article
1st Jan 2016

MI6’s Atomic Man: The Rise and Fall of Commander Eric Welsh

Goodman, M. S., 1 Jan 2016, In: War in History.23, 1, p. 100-11415 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Article
9th Nov 2015
Article
1st Jan 2015

The Foundations of Anglo-American Intelligence Sharing

Goodman, M. S., 2015, In: Studies in Intelligence.50, 2, p. 1-12

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Article
1st Jan 2015
Book
11th Jun 2014

The Official History of the Joint Intelligence Committee: Volume I. From the Approach of the Second World War to the Suez Crisis

Goodman, M. S., 11 Jun 2014, Abingdon: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group. 492 p. (Whitehall histories. Government official history series)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Article
4th Jun 2014

Intelligence and nuclear proliferation: An introduction to the special issue

Bowen, W. Q., Dover, R. & Goodman, M. S., 4 Jun 2014, In: Intelligence and National Security.29, 3, p. 315-3228 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Book
1st May 2014

Spying on the world: The declassified documents of the joint intelligence committee, 1936-2013

Aldrich, R. J., Cormac, R. & Goodman, M. S., 1 May 2014, Edinburgh University Press. 448 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookpeer-review

Book
1st Jan 2014
Chapter
1st Jan 2014

‘The Joint Intelligence Committee and the Cuban Missile Crisis’.

Goodman, M., 2014, An International History of the Cuban Missile Crisis: A Fifty Year Retrospective. . Andrew, C., Gioe, D. & Scott, L. (eds.). Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Chapter
1st Jan 2014

Applying the Historical Lessons of Surprise Attack to the Cyber Domain: The Example of the United Kingdom

Goodman, M. S., 2014, Cyber Analogies. Goldman, E. & Arquilla, J. (eds.). Naval Postgraduate School, p. 15-25

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterpeer-review

Book
1st Jan 2013

Routledge Companion to Intelligence Studies

Dover, R. (ed.), Goodman, M. (ed.) & Hillebrand, C. (ed.), 2013, Routledge.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Conference paper
1st Jan 2013

JIC and the Armed Forces

Goodman, M., 2013, Secret Intelligence and the Armed Forces.RUSI

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference paper

Article
1st Jan 2013

The Threat from Below: How Intelligence Counters Irregular Threats

Goodman, M. S., Bennett, H., Cormac, R. & Hillebrand, C., 2013, In: Inteligencia y Seguridad: Revista de Analisis y Prospectiva.13

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Chapter
1st Jan 2013

Klaus Fuchs: Grandfather of the Hydrogen Bomb

Goodman, M. S., 2013, Vom atomaren Patt zu einer von Atomwaffen fren Welt Zum Gedenken an Klaus Fuchs. Flach, G. & Fuchs-Kittowski, K. (eds.). Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag, p. 51-9

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Chapter
1st Jan 2013

Intelligence in the United Kingdom

Goodman, M., 2013, Routledge Companion to Intelligence Studies .Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterpeer-review

Article
1st Jan 2012

The Scientific Secret War

Goodman, M. S., 2012, In: BBC History.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Article
1st Jan 2012

How Britain Got the Bomb

Goodman, M. S., 2012, In: BBC History.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Article
1st Jan 2012

On His Majesty’s Secret Service

Goodman, M. S., 2012, In: BBC History.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Chapter
1st Jan 2011

Avoiding Surprise: The Nicoll Report

Goodman, M., 2011, Learning from the Secret Past: Cases in British Intelligence History. Washington DC: Georgetown University Press, p. 265-27612 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Book/Film/Article review
1st Jan 2010

DEATH AND THE VIRGIN Elizabeth, Dudley and the mysterious fate of Amy Robsart

Goodman, M. S., 2010, In: TLS: the Times literary supplement.5614, p. 10 - 101 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article reviewpeer-review

Book/Film/Article review
1st Jan 2010

THE SECRET STATE Preparing for the worst, 1945-2010

Goodman, M. S., 2010, In: TLS: the Times literary supplement.5614, p. 10 - 101 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article reviewpeer-review

Book/Film/Article review
1st Jan 2009

Spies in Arabia: The Great War and the Cultural Foundations of Britain's Covert Empire in the Middle East

Goodman, M. S., 2009, In: MIDDLE EAST JOURNAL.63, 1, p. 156 - 1572 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article reviewpeer-review

Article
1st Jan 2009

First World War Spooks

Goodman, M. S., 2009, In: BBC History.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Chapter
1st Jan 2009

British Intelligence and the British Broadcasting Corporation: A Snapshot of a Happy Marriage

Goodman, M., 2009, Spinning Intelligence: Why Intelligence Needs the Media, Why the Media Needs Intelligence. London: Hurst & Co and Columbia University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Chapter
1st Jan 2009

The British Way in Intelligence

Goodman, M., 2009, The British Way in Cold Warfare: Intelligence, Diplomacy and the Bomb 1945-1975.Hambledon Continuum, p. 127-14013 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Article
1st Jan 2009

Jones’ Paradigm: The How, Why, and Wherefore of Scientific Intelligence

Goodman, M., 2009, In: Intelligence and National Security.24, 2, p. 236-25621 p., N/A.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Article
1st Dec 2008

What Analysts Need to Understand: The King’s Intelligence Studies Programme

Goodman, M. & Omand, D., Dec 2008, In: Studies in Intelligence.52, 4

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Article
19th Feb 2008

Behind Iran’s Nuclear Weapons “halt”

Goodman, M. S. & Bowen, W. Q., 19 Feb 2008, In: BULLETIN- ATOMIC SCIENTISTS.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Article
1st Jan 2008

A Cold War Cover-Up: The Buster Crabb Affair

Goodman, M. S., 2008, In: BBC History.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Article
1st Jan 2008

Intelligence: The Loss of Innocence

Pritchard, M. & Goodman, M., 2008, In: International Journal of Intelligence and Counter-Intelligence.22, 1, p. 147-16418 p., N/A.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Article
1st Jan 2008

Covering Up Spying in the 'Buster' Crabb Affair: A note

Goodman, M. S., 2008, In: INTERNATIONAL HISTORY REVIEW.30, 4, p. 768 - 78417 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Article
1st Jan 2008

Nuclear Reaction: The Intelligence on Iran’s Nuclear Capabilities

Goodman, M. S. & Bowen, W. Q., 2008, In: IHS Jane's Intelligence Review.p. 2-5

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Article
1st Nov 2007

The Dog That Didn’t Bark: The Joint Intelligence Committee and the Warning of Aggression

Goodman, M., Nov 2007, In: Cold War History, (Routledge ).7, 4, p. 529-55123 p., N/A.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Article
1st Jan 2007

Learning to Walk: The Origins of the Joint Intelligence Committee

Goodman, M., 2007, In: International Journal of Intelligence and Counter-Intelligence.21, 1, p. 40-5617 p., N/A.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Article
1st Jan 2007

With a Little Help from My Friends: The Anglo-American Atomic Intelligence Partnership, 1945-1958

Goodman, M., 2007, In: DIPLOMACY AND STATECRAFT.18, 1, p. 155 - 18329 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Chapter
1st Jan 2007

Sir Michael Perrin's interviews with Dr Klaus Fuchs

Goodman, M., 2007, Exploring Intelligence Archives: Enquiries into the Secret State. Hughes, R., Jackson, P. & Scott, L. (eds.). Routledge, p. 123 - 13210 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Article
1st Jan 2007

Klaus Fuchs: The Man who Opened Pandora’s Nuclear Box

Goodman, M. S., 2007, In: BBC History.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Article
1st Jan 2006
Article
1st Jan 2006

'Teaching about Intelligence'

Goodman, M., 2006, In: Studies in Intelligence.50, 2, p. 57 - 6610 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Article
1st Jan 2005

Research Note: Attlee, Sillitoe and the Security Aspects of the Fuchs Case

Goodman, M., 2005, In: Contemporary British History.19, 1, p. 67 - 7812 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Article
1st Jan 2005

Who is Trying to Keep What Secret from Whom and Why? MI5-FBI Relations and the Klaus Fuchs Case

Goodman, M., 2005, In: Journal of Cold War Studies.7, 3, p. 124 - 14623 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Article
1st Jan 2004

Books, Nukes and Spooks: British Intelligence and the Soviet Bomb

Goodman, M., 2004, In: COLD WAR HISTORY (UK/EUROPE).4, 3, p. 126 - 13914 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Article
1st Jan 2004

Santa Klaus? Klaus Fuchs and the Nuclear Weapons Programmes of Britain, the Soviet Union and America

Goodman, M., 2004, In: PROSPERO.1, 1, p. 47 - 7024 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Article
1st Jan 2004

Grandfather of the Hydrogen Bomb? Klaus Fuchs and Anglo-American Intelligence

Goodman, M., 2004, In: HISTORICAL STUDIES IN THE PHYSICAL AND BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES.34, 1, p. 1 - 2222 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Article
1st Jun 2003

British Intelligence and the Soviet Atomic Bomb, 1945-1950

Goodman, M., Jun 2003, In: The Journal of Strategic Studies.26, 2, p. 120 - 15132 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Article
1st Jan 2003

Research Note: The Daniel Report on Atomic Intelligence

Goodman, M., 2003, In: Intelligence and National Security.18, 3, p. 154 - 16714 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review