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Agency PageWork With Walk-ins
Work With Walk-ins, Ivan A. Serov. The following article is adapted from one of several on Soviet intelligence doctrine written by high-ranking officers of the GRU (the Soviet defense intelligence agency). It was originally published in 1962. The articles apparently constituted part of an effort to improve the unsatisfactory performance of the GRU, a purpose which had reportedly motivated the installation of General of the Army Serov as its chief in 1958...
Agency PageFor an Eclectic Sovietology
For an Eclectic Sovietology, Richard W. Shryock. Writing several years ago, Daniel Bell, an articulate sociologist, entertaining writer, and part-time student of students of Soviet affairs, identified at least ten schools of thought concerned with the analysis of internal Soviet politics. His description ranged them from the conventional approach of the political scientists through the somewhat more esoteric methods of the "content analyzers" on up to the way-out system of the Freudians ("all Communists are homosexuals"). He did not specify which school he favored but seemed to suggest that each may have something to learn from the others. We concur. In the following we shall examine the sovietological schisms in the intelligence community and enter a plea for a more eclectic approach in this pursuit...
Agency PageBetter an Office of Sovietology
Better an Office of Sovietology, John Whitman. It is very good that Mr. Shryock has opened. a discussion of the methods of sovietology; the debate is overdue, and we are in his debt. To my mind he exaggerates, here and there, the devotion with which individual analysts cling to one methodology, forsaking all others, but as a generalization his diagnosis can stand as a fair statement of what's wrong and ought to be set right...
Agency PageOn The Craft of Intelligence
On the Craft of Intelligence, Frank G. Wisner. Allen Dulles's book, aptly entitled The Craft of Intelligence,1 has been so extensively and variously reviewed by the professionals of the press and so much wisdom has been reflected in the more thoughtful of these reviews that it was with the greatest reluctance and diffidence on the part of the undersigned that he was prevailed upon to undertake the task of addressing a further commentary to the readership of this publication...
Agency PageBook review of No Bugles for Spies by Robert Hayden Alcorn
Intelligence in Recent Public Literature, Sherman Kent. No facet of the human psyche is more strange and wonderful than the one associated with remembering. What things does it record sharply and durably? What things distortedly? What things not at all? What years of one's life does it store in discrete stacks? What in a disorderly jumble? What things that happened to someone else and what things that never happened at all does it come to register, vividly and in great detail, as one's very own?If you happen to have served in OSS and if you now read Mr. Alcorn's putative memoir, you too will find yourself ruminating about the mysteries of memory. You, even as I, will conclude that the book is a good part fiction and the rest a highly inaccurate reminiscence-which, incidentally, is contrived to do no harm whatever to the reputation of the reminiscencer...
Agency PageBook review of Handbook of Intelligence and Guerrilla Warfare by Alexander Orlov
Book review of Handbook of Intelligence and Guerrilla Warfare by Alexander Orlov. Any observant layman who follows the details of Soviet intelligence operations in the press soon finds that they all have one common factor. Each Soviet operation, wherever mounted and whatever its target, has a single goal--obtaining classified documents from the files of other governments...
Agency PagePublic Texts in Intelligence
Public Texts in Intelligence. The professional intelligence officer does not disdain the study of the overt literature of his profession. Authentic published accounts or analyses of intelligence processes and techniques, case histories, and operational experiences are valuable sources for the enrichment of professional knowledge. Much can be learned through the study of this literature, not only in background information, but also for application to current problems...