Senseless Secrets: The Failures of U. S. Military Intelligence from George Washington to the Present

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Every American war and practically every battle has been marked by a failure of military intelligence, from Ticonderoga, Buena Vista, Fredericksburg, Little Big Horn, to the Ardennes, Pearl Harbor, Korea, Tet, Grenada, Panama, and Desert Storm. In all these instances, American lives were tragically lost as a direct result of intelligence breakdowns. Senseless Secrets reveals how and why the United States spends $28 billion annually to operate its intelligence activities and another $6 billion to classify and ...
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Every American war and practically every battle has been marked by a failure of military intelligence, from Ticonderoga, Buena Vista, Fredericksburg, Little Big Horn, to the Ardennes, Pearl Harbor, Korea, Tet, Grenada, Panama, and Desert Storm. In all these instances, American lives were tragically lost as a direct result of intelligence breakdowns. Senseless Secrets reveals how and why the United States spends $28 billion annually to operate its intelligence activities and another $6 billion to classify and safeguard the information gathered. However, little of this data trickles down to the military leaders, and perhaps that's fortunate since even less is accurate, making it a collection of truly senseless secrets; from Benedict Arnold to Aldrich Ames, spies and traitors have successfully infiltrated the U.S. military intelligence community; American forces landed on Grenada with useless tourist maps and incorrect information about the location of the students and government officials they were sent to rescue; many small-unit commanders in Vietnam, including the author, did not recall ever receiving a single piece of useful intelligence; While Operation Desert Storm had available the best intelligence of any war in U.S. history, military commanders who needed accurate information the most received gross overestimates of the numbers and capabilities of the Iraqi forces with little indication of their willingness to fight. Military intelligence compounded their failures by greatly inflating the estimates of enemy equipment and troop losses once the battle actually began.

From the Revolutionary War to Somalian relief, American intelligence has consistently failed. The system, designed to gather, analyse, and distribute critical information, has cost American lives while squandering enormous amounts of taxpayers' money. In this book, a career soldier who has directly observed recent inadequacies from the inside, looks at these failures and tells how and why they occurred. Photos.

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Inspired by intelligence failures he observed as an infantry officer in Vietnam (where he ``did not receive a single bit of accurate, useful intelligence''), Lanning, a retired army colonel, has put together an informative and charged review of the shortfall in U.S. military intelligence from the Revolutionary War to the ill-fated 1993 attempt to capture Somali warlord Mohammed Farah Aidid. Much of his emphasis is on the frequency with which U.S. armed forces have been taken by surprise: in this century, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the German counterstroke in the Ardennes, the North Korean invasion of South Korea, the Communist Tet Offensive in Vietnam. In the section on Operation Desert Storm, Lanning argues that intelligence about the battle zone was sparse and mostly inaccurate. Calling for reevaluation, reorganization and revitalization of the military intelligence community, he advocates a drastic realignment of U.S. armed forces: reuniting the Air Force with the Army, abolishing the Marine Corps and taking specific steps to reduce the gap between the intelligence corps and the troops in the field. Photos. (Dec.)
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A historical review of military intelligence failures from the American revolution to Desert Storm written by a US veteran who served in Vietnam. Lanning argues that military intelligence needs to be restructured in order to eliminate the rivalry between the various divisions, and that attention to this continuing problem would save both money and lives. One of the more spectacular bloopers documented occurred in Grenada when forces landed with useless tourist maps and incorrect information about the location of the students and officials they were sent to rescue. No bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781559723220
  • Publisher: Carol Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/28/1995
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.27 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Author to Reader
1 Desert Storm and Somalia 3
2 Beginnings: The American Revolutionary War 22
3 The Second War for Independence: The War of 1812 47
4 Expansionism: The Mexican War 60
5 Brother Against Brother: The Civil War 75
6 Combat on the Plains: The Indian Wars 100
7 Remembering the Maine: The Spanish-American War 118
8 Over There: The First World War 138
9 World War II: The Pacific Theater 162
10 World War II: The European Theater 196
11 The Unknown War: Korea 221
12 The Only War We Had: Vietnam 243
13 Weekend Wars: Grenada, Panama, and More 269
14 Today and Tomorrow: Can Failures Become Successes? 290
Source Notes 307
Index 317
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