Silent Warfare: Understanding the World of Intelligence

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A thoroughly updated revision of the first comprehensive overview of intelligence designed for both the student and the general reader, Silent Warfare is an insider’s guide to a shadowy, often misunderstood world. Leading intelligence scholars Abram N. Shulsky and Gary J. Schmitt clearly explain such topics as the principles of collection, analysis, counterintelligence, and covert action, and their interrelationship with policymakers and democratic values. This new edition takes account of the expanding ...
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A thoroughly updated revision of the first comprehensive overview of intelligence designed for both the student and the general reader, Silent Warfare is an insider’s guide to a shadowy, often misunderstood world. Leading intelligence scholars Abram N. Shulsky and Gary J. Schmitt clearly explain such topics as the principles of collection, analysis, counterintelligence, and covert action, and their interrelationship with policymakers and democratic values. This new edition takes account of the expanding literature in the field of intelligence and deals with the consequences for intelligence of vast recent changes in telecommunication and computer technology the new “information age.” It also reflects the world’s strategic changes since the end of the Cold War. This landmark book provides a valuable framework for understanding today’s headlines, as well as the many developments likely to come in the real world of the spy.
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Two Washington consultants with backgrounds in the shadier halls of the US government examine the basic concepts and issues involved in the practice of intelligence. Though they draw most of their examples from US and British experiences, they intend their account to be broadly applicable. The 1991 original has been revised in 1993 and again here to incorporate new laws, conditions, and practices. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780028810256
  • Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/1993
  • Series: Intelligence and National Security Library
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.43 (w) x 9.57 (h) x 1.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Abram N. Shulsky is a former minority staff director of the Senate Committee on Intelligence and a former consultant to the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board. He is a consultant to the Rand Corporation.

Gary Schmitt is the executive director of the Project for the New American Century. Both authors live in the Washington, D.C., area.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Notice to the Reader
Introduction: Writing about Secrets
1 What is Intelligence? 1
The Scope of Intelligence 3
Intelligence and the Information Age 7
The Elements of Intelligence 8
2 Spies. Machines. and Libraries: Collecting the Data 11
Human Intelligence Collection 11
Technical Intelligence Collection 22
Comparison of Humint and Techint 33
Open-Source Collection 37
3 What Does it All Mean? Intelligence Analysis and Production 41
What Is Analysis? 41
The Intelligence Product 57
Intelligence Failure and Surprise 62
4 Working Behind the Scenes: Covert Action 75
What Is Covert Action? 75
Types and Examples of Covert Action 77
Covert Action and Secrecy 91
Covert Action and Intelligence 95
5 Spy Versus Spy: Counterintelligence 99
The Classification of Information 99
Security 105
Counterespionage 108
Multidisciplinary Counterintelligence MDCI 114
Deception and Counterdeception 116
Counterintelligence Analysis 126
6 Guarding the Guardians: The Management of Intelligence 129
Secrecy and Control 129
Expertise and Policy 133
Intelligence and the "Information Age" 141
Intelligence and Democracy 144
7 Two Views of Intelligence 159
Historical Development of the American View 160
Intelligence and Moral Issues 167
8 Toward a Theory of Intelligence 169
Notes 177
Index 237
About the Authors 247
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