Across the globe, government intelligence agencies play a vital role in protecting nations from external and internal threats, such as terrorism, espionage, and the spread of weapons of mass destruction. Intelligence agencies can warn governments of impending crises, offer advance knowledge of long-term dangers, and safeguard public security against the threats from terrorists, drug traffickers, and international arms dealers. As necessary during peacetime as in wartime, government intelligence agencies recruit and train some of the finest minds available and conduct high-risk and sometimes life-threatening work on behalf of national security. Every day the agencies provide crucial information to the decision makers who manage the nation's political, economic, and military strategic interests.. Each title in this series contains a foreword from the Chairman of the National Law Enforcement Association, color photos throughout, charts, and back matter including: an index, chronology, and further reading lists for books and internet resources. Key Icons appear throughout the books in this series in an effort to encourage library readers to build knowledge, gain awareness, explore possibilities and expand their viewpoints through our content rich non-fiction books. Key Icons in this series are as follows: Words to Understand are shown at the front of each chapter with definitions. These words are set in boldfaced type in that chapter, so that readers are able to reference back to the definitions--building their vocabulary and enhancing their reading comprehension. Sidebars are highlighted graphics with content rich material within that allows readers to build knowledge and broaden their perspectives by weaving together additional information to provide realistic and holistic perspectives. Text-Dependent Questions are placed at the end of each chapter. They challenge the reader's comprehension of the chapter they have just read, while sending the reader back to the text for more careful attention to the evidence presented there. Research Projects are provided at the end of each chapter as well and provide readers with suggestions for projects that encourage deeper research and analysis. And a Series Glossary of Key Terms is included in the back matter containing terminology used throughout the series. Words found here broaden the reader's knowledge and understanding of terms used in this field."
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