Intelligence Studies

Volume 64, No. 1

March 2020
Unclassified Extracts from Studies in Intelligence

Historical Perspectives

Lasting Wisdom of the Ancients
*Traditional Chinese Conceptions and Approaches to Secrecy, Denial, and Obfuscation
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
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
Paul T. Carter

Intelligence in Public Media

Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest
Nuclear Disaster

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

Reviewed by J. E. Leonardson

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

White House Warriors: How the National Security Council Transformed the American Way of War
Reviewed by Matthew D. Jacobs

Cold Warriors: Writers Who Waged the Literary Cold War
Reviewed by Leslie C.

Australia’s First Spies: The Remarkable Story of Australia’s Intelligence
Operations, 1901–45

Reviewed by Kevin Davies

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

Intelligence Officer’s Bookshelf—March 2020
Compiled and reviewed by Hayden Peake


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 D. Jacobs 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.