Unclassified extracts from Studies in Intelligence Volume 64, Number 1
(March 2020)

Historical Perspectives

Lasting Wisdom of the Ancients
*Traditional Chinese Conceptions and Approaches to Secrecy, Denial, and Obfuscation [PDF 621KB]
Ralph D. Sawyer

The linguist and scholar of classical Chinese literature on what would today be considered national security topics, explores the classics for understanding of the ways in which the ancients thought of secrecy, denial, and obfuscation. Much of their thinking continues to make sense today.

Countering Foreign Denial and Deception
*The Rise and Fall of an Intelligence Discipline and Its Uncertain Future [PDF 626KB]
James B. Bruce

A former official responsible for analysis of the denial and deception techniques of modern adversaries, especially those of the Soviet Union, reviews the history of this unique analytical discipline and worries about its present state of effectiveness.

The Secret War in SE Asia
*Secret Warriors: Thai Forward Air Guides in the US War in Laos [PDF 879KB]
Paul T. Carter

This scholar of military intelligence examines the role played by Thai forward air observers (guides) in locating targets and assessing the outcomes of aerial attacks on communist targets in the war against the communist insurgency in Laos during the conflicts in Southeast Asia in the 1970s.

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Intelligence in Public Media

Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest
Nuclear Disaster
[PDF 244KB]
Reviewed by J. E. Leonardson

Active Measures: The Secret History of Disinformation and
Political Warfare

Information Wars: How we Lost the Global Battle Against Disinformation
[PDF 274KB]
Reviewed by J. E. Leonardson

Dorwart’s History of the Office of Naval Intelligence, 1865–1945 [PDF 456KB]
Reviewed by CAPT David Belt, USN (ret.)

White House Warriors: How the National Security Council Transformed the American Way of War [PDF 255KB]
Reviewed by Matthew J.

Cold Warriors: Writers Who Waged the Literary Cold War [PDF 305KB]
Reviewed by Leslie C.

Australia’s First Spies: The Remarkable Story of Australia’s Intelligence
Operations, 1901–45
[PDF 292KB]
Reviewed by Kevin Davies

Agent Running in the Field (One Novel: Two Reviews)  [PDF 307KB]
Reviewed by John Kavanagh and J.E. Leonardson

Intelligence Officer’s Bookshelf—March 2020 [PDF 353KB]
Compiled and reviewed by Hayden Peake

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Capt. David Belt, USN (Ret.) is a retired Naval intelligence officer. He currently serves on the faculty of the National Intelligence University.

James B. Bruce served in various D&D assignments for half of his 24-year career. He has served in the National Intelligence Council, the CIA’s Directorates of Intelligence (Analysis) and Operations. He retired as a senior intelligence officer in 2005.

Paul T. Carter is a graduate student in history. He is a former Defense Intelligence Agency officer.

Leslie C. is an officer in CIA’s Directorate of Operations.

Kevin Davies holds a Master of Arts Degree in Defence Studies from the University of South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

Matthew J. serves in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

John Kavanagh is a retired officer of the CIA’s Directorate for Operations.

J. E. Leonardson is the penname of an analyst in CIA’s Directorate of Analysis.

Hayden Peake has served in the CIA’s Directorates of Operations and Science and Technology.He has been compiling and writing reviews for the “Intelligence Officer’s Bookshelf”since December 2002.

Ralph D. Sawyer is an independent scholar and consultant specializing in Chinese military and intelligence issues who has extensive intelligence experience in Asia.

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All statements of fact, opinion, or analysis expressed in this journal are those of the authors. Nothing in any of the articles should be construed as asserting or implying US government endorsement of their factual statements and interpretations. Articles by non-US government employees are copyrighted.

Posted: Jun 15, 2020 10:29 AM
Last Updated: Jun 23, 2020 01:06 PM