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Books Monographs

The Founding Fathers of American Intelligence

George Washington, John Jay, and Benjamin Franklin

By P. K. Rose (1998)

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In 1997 the CIA opened its new Liaison Conference Center, consisting of three newly refurbished meeting rooms for hosting foreign liaison visitors. Agency officials decided to name the rooms after past practitioners of three key elements of the intelligence discipline—collection of foreign intelligence, counterintelligence, and covert action. Historical research resulted in the selection of three Revolutionary War leaders—all of whom are much more famous for their other exploits and achievements during the revolutionary period than for their impressive intelligence accomplishments.

The booklet ends with a list of books the author recommends for learning about intelligence early in US  history.

Download PDF of complete booklet (11 pages).