Intelligence Power in Peace and War

Intelligence Power in Peace and War

by Michael Herman
     
 

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Intelligence services form an important but controversial part of the modern state. Drawing mainly on British and American examples, this book provides an analytic framework for understanding the 'intelligence community' and assessing its value. The author, a former senior British intelligence officer, describes intelligence activities, the purposes which the system…  See more details below

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Intelligence services form an important but controversial part of the modern state. Drawing mainly on British and American examples, this book provides an analytic framework for understanding the 'intelligence community' and assessing its value. The author, a former senior British intelligence officer, describes intelligence activities, the purposes which the system serves, and the causes and effects of its secrecy. He considers 'intelligence failure' and how organisation and management can improve the chances of success. Using parallels with the information society and the current search for efficiency in public administration as a whole, the book explores the issues involved in deciding how much intelligence is needed and discusses the kinds of management necessary. In his conclusions Michael Herman discusses intelligence's national value in the post-Cold War world. He also argues that it has important contributions to make to international security, but that its threat-inducing activities should be kept in check.

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"...the most thoughtful, detached and up-to-date primer on the subject ever produced by a recent member of the British intelligence community." The Independent

"...the most thoughtful, detached and up-to-date primer on the subject ever produced by a recent member of the British intelligence community." The Independent

"An excellent work written with enough skill and clarity to be valuable for academic and general readers." J.D. Stempel, Choice

"This is an important book about Anglo-Saxon tradition of intelligence management." Michael I. Handel, The International History Review

"...a grand scale breakthough....No one who is serious about intelligence studies should fail to become familiar with this book." H. Bradford Westerfield, Intelligence and Counterintelligence

"It is a scholarly study and for those readers who want to know about the internal workings of intelligence it provides more fascination than many of the 'cloak and dagger' spy stories. The study of Michael Herman is a very valuable addition to the analytical intelligence literature. It provides a conprehensive overview how intelligence works and functions. As a former intelligence professional, the author knows that not only intelligence but also scolarly results need to be presented in a language which appeals to the novice, the practitioner and scholar alike and he is very gook at this. His thoroughly researched, well-structured, and very readable book is highly recommendable." Newsletter

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781107385221
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/13/1996
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

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