Paradoxes of Intelligence: Essays in Honor of Michael I. Handel / Edition 1

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Part of a three part collection in honour of the teachings of Michael I. Handel, one of the foremost strategists of the late 20th century, this collection explores the paradoxes of intelligence analysis, surprise and deception from both historical and theoretical perspectives.
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Foreign Affairs
Admirers of the late Michael Handel will welcome this short volume of essays, one of three produced as a tribute. It addresses one of Handel's favorite topics: how countries can manage their intelligence to avoid getting caught by surprise. In addition to his own essay on the subject, there are contributions by a number of top specialists, including Richard Betts' discussion of the politicization of intelligence and John Ferris' detailed assessment of British military deception in the two world wars. Handel died in June 2001, a few months before that September's catastrophic surprise. As James Wirtz notes, the fact that the United States might have seen the attack coming would have confirmed Handel's skepticism of the possibility of developing an operational theory of surprise. These essays similarly conclude that there are inherent difficulties in trying to guard against surprise, although there are approaches to intelligence collection that can reduce its likelihood.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714683768
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,503,694
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
1 Intelligence and the Problem of Strategic Surprise 1
2 Politicization of Intelligence: Costs and Benefits 59
3 Intelligence Failures: Forecasting and the Lessons of Epistemology 80
4 Theory of Surprise 101
5 'FORTITUDE' in Context: The Evolution of British Military Deception in Two World Wars, 1914-1945 117
6 Intelligence Failure and the Need for Cognitive Closure: The Case of Yom Kippur 166
7 Grant vs. Sherman: Paradoxes of Intelligence and Combat Leadership 190
Index 203
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