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Agency PageTechnical Factors in Aerospace Photography
Technical Factors in Aerospace Photography, John W. Cain. Aerial photography has been recognized since World War II as a prime means for acquiring intelligence; detailed analysis of the camera's faithful and permanent record of what falls within its view produces information of unusually high reliability. In recent years its product has been particularly valuable, and an insight into some of the technical factors involved in getting high-quality aerial photographs may be helpful to those in the intelligence community who make use of the resulting information...
Agency PageUnfair Exchange
Unfair Exchange, Amos K. Wylie. A recent article in Aviation Week and Space Technology, a McGraw-Hill publication,1 reads in part as follows...
Agency PageAn Idiot System for Intelligence
An Idiot System for Intelligence, Harry Hopkinson. The Air Force Inspector General, in February of 1962, remarked that "a serious weakness in our system permits individuals, without proper training and experience, to exercise judgment beyond their capabilities." He was talking about the Air Force, not intelligence, but do we in intelligence occasionally see a glimmer of this truth breaking up through our own silver-lined cloud layer like a forming thunderhead? Armed forces world wide all have a bit of the idiot system rules prescribed by geniuses for idiots to follow-built into their normal operating procedures, for good reason; and it may be that something not quite the same but analogous to it has a place in the collation of raw intelligence data...
Agency PageSome Far-Out Thoughts on Computers
Some Far-Out Thoughts on Computers, Orrin Clotworthy. Question: What does the size of the next coffee crop, bullfight attendance figures, local newspaper coverage of UN matters, the birth rate, the mean daily temperatures or refrigerator sales across the country have to do with who will next be elected president of Guatemala?...
Agency PageThe Scientific Intelligencer
The Scientific Intelligencer, R.V. Jones. The devices of Archimedes in the defence of Syracuse gave an earnest of what would happen in warfare as scientific knowledge expanded; and, although it has taken a long time to come, we have seen in this century a complete change in weapons brought about by the application of science. The classic principles of war still apply to the new weapons, of course, and one of the first of these principles dictates that you should establish the intentions of your enemy. In the modern situation, this principle has a new application: it is now vital that you should anticipate your opponent's use of science in warfare, and a need has thus arisen for scientific intelligence...
Agency PageCaptain Stephen Kalman: A Classic Write-In Case
Captain Stephen Kalman: A Classic Write-In Case. The agent of an adversary service, or a person high in an adversary bureaucracy, if he wishes to make contact with another intelligence or security service, can choose from a number of different means. He can present himself physically as a walk-in. He can use an intermediary in order to retain some control, especially with respect to his own identity. He can send a messenger, make a phone call, or establish a radio contact. Or he can simply write a letter, anonymous or signed...
Agency PageThe Eastern Front at the Turning Point
The Eastern Front at the Turning Point. In December 1941, after General Winter had pinched out Hitler's spectacular six-month Russian onslaught just short of its objectives-Leningrad, Moscow, and the Donetz basin--and on the other side of the globe Pearl Harbor had brought America into the war at last, the question before the world was whether the hitherto invincible and still mighty German armies, when they renewed their offensive in the spring, could finish off the Russians and turn west again before the United States had time to gather the strength to be felt across two oceans...
Agency PageThe Practice of a Prophet
The Practice of a Prophet. The public examination last year of the Lonsdale-Kroger-Houghton-Gee case of Soviet espionage in England and its parallels with the Abel-Hayhanen case in the United States bring to mind an earlier rather full public exposure of postwar Soviet espionage that was given a great deal of attention in the target country but is little remembered here--that of Ernst Hilding Andersson, whose skill, ingenuity, and devoted diligence gave the USSR a series of prize reports on Swedish naval defenses from 1949 to 1951...
Agency PageBook review by Anonymous of Kontact med England (1940-1943) and Hemmelig Alliance (1943-1945) by Jorgen Haestrup
Book review by Anonymous of Kontact med England (1940-1943) and Hemmelig Alliance (1943-1945) by Jorgen Haestrup. Here is a chronological analysis of the Danish underground movement during the Nazi occupation unique in its scholarship, objectivity, and comprehensive treatment. Aided by redoubtable Danish historians and archivists, the author has collected and researched a remarkable quantity of authentic source material and documentation, meticulously and impartially screening it to establish a factual historical record. The resulting account of the Danish resistance, covering practically all phases of its intelligence and other clandestine activity, is so replete with checked and double-checked detail that it may lack appeal for the general public...