Dirty Tricks And Trump Cards / Edition 1

Dirty Tricks And Trump Cards / Edition 1

by Roy Godson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0765806991

ISBN-13: 9780765806994

Pub. Date: 09/05/2000

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

Contrary to popular misconceptions and public branding as "dirty tricks," covert action and counterintelligence can have considerable value. Democracies, while wary of these instruments, have benefited significantly from their use, saving lives, treasure, and gaining strategic advantage. As liberal democracies confront the post-Cold War mix of rogue

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Contrary to popular misconceptions and public branding as "dirty tricks," covert action and counterintelligence can have considerable value. Democracies, while wary of these instruments, have benefited significantly from their use, saving lives, treasure, and gaining strategic advantage. As liberal democracies confront the post-Cold War mix of rogue states and non-state actors, such as criminals and terrorists, and weapons of mass destruction and mass disruption, these clandestine arts may prove to be important tools of statecraft, and perhaps trump cards in the twenty-first century.

Godson defines covert action as influencing events in other parts of the world without attribution, and counterintelligence as identifying, neutralizing, and exploiting the secret activities of others. Together they provide the capability to resist manipulation and control others to advantage. Counterintelligence protects U.S. military, technological, and diplomatic secrets and turns adversary intelligence to U.S. advantage. Covert action enables the United States to weaken adversaries and to assist allies who may be hampered by open acknowledgment of foreign support.

Drawing on contemporary and historical literature, broad-ranging contacts with senior intelligence officials in many countries, as well as his own research and experience as a longtime consultant to the U.S. government, Godson traces the history of U.S. covert action and counterintelligence since 1945, showing that covert action works well when it is part of a well-coordinated policy and when policy makers are committed to succeeding in the long-term. Godson argues that the best counterintelligence is an offensive defense. His exposition of the essential theoretical foundations of both covert action and counterintelligence, supported by historical examples, lays out the ideal conditions for their use, as well as demonstrating why they are so difficult to attain.

This book will be of interest to students and general readers interested in political science, national security, foreign policy, and military policy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765806994
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
09/05/2000
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
388
Sales rank:
1,037,402
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.86(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Neglected Elements in American Intelligence1
2Steps and Missteps: Covert Action Since 194527
3Building and Rebuilding: Counterintelligence Since World War II66
4Handmaiden of Policy: Principles of Covert Action120
5Offensive Defense: Principles of Counterintelligence184
6In Pursuit of Effective Intelligence241
Notes257
Glossary of Terms and Abbreviations303
Bibliography309
Index327

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