Dr. Mark M. Lowenthal, an internationally recognized expert on intelligence, is the former President of The Intelligence and Security Academy where he now serves as a senior instructor. From 2002-2005, Dr. Lowenthal served as the Assistant Director of Central Intelligence for Analysis and Production and also as the Vice Chairman for Evaluation on the National Intelligence Council. Prior to these duties, he served as Counselor to the Director of Central Intelligence. Dr. Lowenthal was the Staff Director of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in the 104th Congress (1995-97), where he directed the committee’s study on the future of the Intelligence Community, IC21: The Intelligence Community in the 21st Century. He also served in the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR), as both office director and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and has been the Senior Specialist in U.S. Foreign Policy at the Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress.
Dr. Lowenthal has written extensively on intelligence and national security issues, including six books and over 100 articles and studies. His most recent book, Intelligence: From Secrets to Policy (Sage/CQ Press, 8th ed., 2019), has become the standard college and graduate school textbook on the subject. He has also written three novels, Crispan Magicker (1979) The Great God Pan, and Jack Dawkins, The Artful Dodger (the latter two both Kindle e-books). Dr. Lowenthal is a frequent public commentator on intelligence issues. He has appeared on each of the major networks, the Lehrer Newshour, and Charlie Rose; his op-eds have appeared in The New York Times and The Washington Post.
Dr. Lowenthal received his B.A. from Brooklyn College and his Ph.D. in history from Harvard University. He is on the adjunct faculty of the Johns Hopkins University, the National Intelligence University, and Sciences Po in Paris (Institut d’études politiques de Paris). He was an adjunct at Columbia University for 14 years. He is the Executive Director of the International Association for Intelligence Education and a Chairman Emeritus of the Intelligence Committee for AFCEA. Currently, he is a member of the Intelligence Community Studies Board and the FBI Intelligence Analysts Association.
In 2005 Dr. Lowenthal was awarded the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the Intelligence Community’s highest award. In 2006, he received AFCEA’s Distinguished Service Award for service to the Intelligence Community. In 1988, Dr. Lowenthal was the Grand Champion on Jeopardy!, the television quiz show.