"'Face' Among the Arabs" by Peter A. Naffsinger
Detailed and well illustrated description of why the outward appearance of personal dignity (or “face”) is so important to Arabs, how it affects their behavior, and why the concept is of operational importance.
"'Rolling Thunder' and Bomb Damage to Bridges" by Kenneth C. Fuller, Bruce Smith, and Merle Atkins
How CIA economic analysts developed criteria and procedures for assessing the success (and ultimate failure) of the US program to interdict North Vietnamese transport facilities (after Air Force assessments showed ten times as many bridges destroyed as had originally existed). The techniques used would be useful for bomb damage assessments in other underdeveloped countries.
"'Foretesting' ABM Systems: Some Hazards" by Sayre Stevens
Description of analytic processes of CIA S&T weapons analysts (1968), with emphasis on managing uncertainty by setting forth technical limitations on what the USSR can do rather than reaching specific judgments on Soviet plans before sufficient evidence is available.
"A Cable from Napoleon" by Edwin C. Fishel
Tells the story of how the US government, in 1867, intercepted a critically important cable from Napoleon III to his commanding general in Mexico confirming Napoleon’s order to withdraw all French troops from Mexico. This was probably the first instance of US peacetime communications intelligence.
"A Case Officer's First Tour" by Richard Stolz
Stud. Intel. V37:1-53-58 (1994) PDF [KB*]
Describes a case officer’s first tour in Trieste (1951-54), the lessons learned, the operations run, the Base organization, the family life.
"A Classic Case of Deception" by Antonio J. Mendez
A blow by blow description of the planning, preparation, and execution of the mission to exfiltrate six State Department personnel hiding in the Canadian Embassy in Tehran after the seizure of the embassy by student radicals in 1980.