Dr. Mark Lowenthal is an author and adjunct professor at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC. Dr. Lowenthal has written five books and over 90 articles or studies on intelligence and national security. His book Intelligence: From Secrets to Policy has become a standard undergraduate and graduate text.
In 2005, Dr. Lowenthal retired from a career working with the United States Intelligence Community as a recognized national security affairs expert. He is the former Assistant Director of Central Intelligence for Analysis and Production and former Vice Chairman for Evaluation on the National Intelligence Council (2002-2005). As Assistant Director, he was instrumental in having the Intelligence Community adopt the framework that provides guidance on the priorities of the President for intelligence collection requirements, which is the basis upon which all analysis and production decisions are made. He has also served in the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR) as both an office director and as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State.
Dr. Lowenthal holds a B.A. from Brooklyn College and a Ph.D. from Harvard. In 1988 he was the Grand Champion on the television quiz show Jeopardy!