Previews of Summer-Fall 2023 Intelligencer:
Review of former Under Secretary of State and MI5 & MI6's Legal Director David Bickford's remarkable new novel: "Katya: What Would You Risk for Half a Billion Dollars?" - reviewed by AFIO Chairman Stewart Baker
NEW: Released in Winter-Spring 2023 Intelligencer:
"U.S. Counterintelligence—One Team, One Plan, One Goal – or Not?" by Michelle Van Cleave
"The Mysteries—and Realities—of the Havana Syndrome. It's the Russians" - by Lewis Regenstein
"Snowden—Finally Revealed" - by Peter Oleson
• Opinion by Michael Sulick, Lucinda Webb, Mark Kelton Former CIA Counterintelligence Chiefs Weigh in on The Fourth Man—Alternative Perspectives
INTELLIGENCER: Journal of U.S. Intelligence Studies
Released in Summer-Fall 2022 Intelligencer..."What's Old Is New Again: A Strategy of Re-Containment of Russia" - article by Christopher D. Thuma (winner AFIO-Rocca 2022 Counterintelligence Award at the National War College)
Released in Summer-Fall 2022 Intelligencer..."The Ghost of Angleton" - Review by Raymond J. Batvinis PhD of the book "The Fourth Man" by Robert Baer
Released in Summer-Fall 2022 Intelligencer..."Conquest Without War: The Threat of Chinese Political Influence Operations" by John Lenczowski PhD
Released in Winter-Spring 2022 Intelligencer... "The Imperative of Intelligence Services to Protect from Exposure the Sources and Methods of Intelligence Collection" by Gary B. Keeley
Published in the Winter-Spring 2021 edition and now available online: "Terror in Athens — Remembering CIA Station Chief Dick Welch" by Samantha Randazzo Childress and Carol "Rollie" Flynn.
Published in the Winter 2017-18 edition and now available online: "Climate Change and National Security" by Peter Oleson
Published in the Fall-Winter 2007 edition and now available online: Dysfunctional Information Restrictions by M.E. Spike Bowman, Capt USN-Ret, former NSA and FBI; former Chairman, AFIO
PROJECT: When Intelligence Made a Difference - a new series by editor Peter Oleson
• Project theme by Peter Oleson
See the "When Intelligence Made a Difference" articles released in the current and prior issues of Intelligencer at this link.
Other articles released by Senior Editor Peter Oleson are here.
AFIO Special Monographs are here
RELEASED SEPTEMBER 2022 is a Monograph on The Cuban Missile Crisis — Sixty Years Later — by CIA Historian/Analyst Regis Heitchue
"The Cuban Missile Crisis: When Intelligence Made a Difference."
In October 1962 the US and the world faced the most serious crisis and threat of nuclear war. A new 208-page monograph published for free on-line by the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) on the Cuban Missile Crisis is an insightful examination of US intelligence during the crisis. Unlike most accounts of the Cuban Missile Crisis, which focus on the decision-making of President Kennedy and personal accounts of those involved, "The Cuban Missile Crisis — 60 Years Later — When Intelligence Made a Difference" provides an examination of how US intelligence functioned before, during, and after the crisis. This is a unique treatment of the topic.
Former DCI Richard Helms once said "… the Cuban Missile Crisis was really an intelligence crisis. The threat appeared only through intelligence sources. Only those sources confirmed that the threat had gone away." The monograph is the story of what American intelligence knew, when it knew it, and how it knew what the Soviets were doing in Cuba prior to and during the crisis—and what we now know, 60 years later, quite accurately, of what the Soviets were actually doing in Cuba.
The monograph examines the critical questions that the president posed to the intelligence community and how the community responded. It also includes interesting vignettes on principal intelligence officers involved in the crisis, including Juanita Moody, head of NSA's Cuba effort, and Arthur Lundahl, the chief of the new National Photographic Intelligence Center (NPIC), who briefed President Kennedy on a daily basis.
This is a well-researched and riveting monograph, with extensive notes, bibliography, charts and photos. It is a valuable reference for any class on intelligence. — Peter Oleson, Senior Editor
The author is Reg Heitchue, a retired senior CIA scientific and technical officer. The book project was managed and edited by former DIA Assistant Deputy Director for Plans and Policy, Peter C. Oleson, who also serves as AFIO's Senior Editor, Intelligencer journal.
PDF version of publication here: "The Cuban Missile Crisis: When Intelligence Made a Difference."
A condensation of the PDF above which appeared in the Summer-Fall Intelligencer as "The Cuban Missile Crisis - When Intelligence Made a Difference."
For those interested in purchasing the paperback edition — a longer, more comprehensive version by Mr Heitchue — it is available here.
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PROJECT: When Intelligence Made a Difference - a new series by editor Peter Oleson
• Project theme by Peter Oleson
NEW: Released in the Winter-Spring 2023 edition of Intelligencer and now available individually here as PDFs are:
• When Intelligence Made a Difference – Part IX Intro by Peter C. Oleson
• The St. Mihiel Offensive, September 1918 by Betsy Rohaly Smoot
• The Impact of Herbert O. Yardley—A Glass Half Full by Gregory J. Nedved
• Ultra Diplomacy and the Origin of the Five Eyes Alliance by Joshua Holzer & Tobias T. Gibson
• Medical Intelligence Mission to North Korea, March 1951 by Jonathan D. Clemente, MD FACR
• Intelligence in the Southwest Pacific Campaign by Peter C. Oleson
Released in the Summer-Fall 2022 edition of Intelligencer and now available individually here as PDFs are:
• When Intelligence Made a Difference - Part VIII Intro by Peter C. Oleson
• HUMINT Reports Raised Suspicions about Soviet Missiles in Cuba by Gary B. Keeley
• The Cuban Missile Crisis by Regis D. Heitchue
Released in the Winter-Spring 2022 edition of Intelligencer and now available individually here as PDFs are:
Released in the Summer-Fall 2021 edition of Intelligencer and now available individually online here as PDFs are:
• When Intelligence Made a Difference - Part VI Intro by Peter C. Oleson
• Doctor Jameson's Raid by Alex Vermeulen
• First Battle of Bull Run: A First in Many Ways by Greg Elder
• The Karakol Organization and the Turkish War of Independence, 1919-1922 by Evren Altinkas PhD
• Preparation for Operation Torch by Robert Girod JD PhD
• Denial and Deception in the Indian Nuclear Test by Robert M. Clark JD PhD
Released in the Winter-Spring 2021 edition of Intelligencer and now available individually online here as PDFs are:
• When Intelligence Made a Difference - Part V Intro by Peter C. Oleson
• Soviet Deception and the Cuban Missile Crisis by Robert M. Clark
• Occasionem Cognosce — Francis Cabot Lowell by Joel Wickwire
• The Seizure of Danang City Hall by Jim Schnell PhD
• The Breaking of JN-25 and its Impact in the War Against Japan by Peter C. Oleson
• Developing a Cooperative Strategy in the El Salvador Civil War by John Fishel
Released in the Fall 2020 edition of Intelligencer and now available individually online here as PDFs are:
Released in Winter-Spring 2020 edition of Intelligencer and now available individually online as PDFs are:
• When Intelligence Made a Difference - Part III Intro by Peter C. Oleson
• Geospatial Intelligence at Gettysburg by Robert M. Clark
• The Genesis of the Incident at Sea Agreement by Bob Alden
• The British Tea Heist Industrial Intelligence, Circa 1847 by Joel Wickwire
• The Battle of Tannenberg by Quil Kibak
• Japanese Intelligence for the Attack on Pearl Harbor by Peter C. Oleson
Released in Fall 2019 edition of Intelligencer and now available individually online as PDFs are:
• When Intelligence Made a Difference - Part II Intro by Peter C. Oleson
• Deception in Teutoburg Forest by Robert M. Clark
• Stealing the Japanese Codebooks or One Peek is Worth Two Finesses by RADM T. A. Brooks, USN (Ret.)
• Dayton Peace Accords by Tim Walton
• Winning with Intelligence – The Inchon Landing by Gregory Elder
• The Destruction of Al-Kibar by Peter C. Oleson
• Operation Market Garden by Wim Klinkert
Released in Spring-Summer 2019 edition of Intelligencer and now available individually online as PDFs are:
• George Washington, Spymaster Extraordinaire: A Master of Intelligence, Counterintelligence, and Military Deception by Gene Poteat
• Lafayette and the French Intrigue to Lead the American Revolution by Gene Poteat
• How Sweden Chose Sides by Michael Fredholm
• George Washington's Attacks on Trenton and Princeton, 1776-77 by Ken Daigler
NEW: Intelligencer Summer-Fall 2022 - Reviews by Peter Oleson...available exclusively to AFIO WIN recipients as a PDF at this link.
The books reviewed are:
- An Inconvenient Apocalypse by Jackson, Jensen
- The Able Archers by Morra
- The Bin Laden Papers by Lahoud
- Russian Intelligence by Riehle
- Soviet Defectors by Riehle
Intelligencer Winter-Spring 2022 - Reviews by Peter Oleson...available exclusively to AFIO WIN recipients as a PDF at this link.
The books reviewed are:
- Pioneers of Irregular Warfare: Secrets of the Military Intelligence Research Department in the Second World War by Malcolm Atkin
- Spycraft for Thriller Writers – How to Write Spy Novels, TV Shows and Movies Accurately and Not Be Laughed at by Real-Life Spies by Edward Mickolus
- Top Secret Canada: Understanding the Canadian Intelligence and National Security Community by Stephanie Carvin, Thomas Juneau and Craig Forcese (Editors)
- The Cold War: Wilderness of Mirrors. Counterintelligence, and the U.S. and Soviet Military Liaison Missions 1947-1990 by Aden C. Magee
- More Stories from Langley: Another Glimpse Inside the CIA by Edward Mickolus (editor)
- Spies on the Mekong: CIA Clandestine Operations in Laos by Ken Conboy
- Spy Swap: The Humiliation of Russia's Intelligence Services by Nigel West
- First Casualty: The Untold Story of the CIA Mission to Avenge 9/11 by Toby Harnden
- The Sailor's Bookshelf: Fifty Books to Know the Sea by Adm. James Stavridis, USN (Ret.)
- Putin's Playbook: Russia's Secret Plan to Defeat America by Rebekah Koffler
- Spy Stories: Inside the Secret World of the R.A.W. and the I.S.I. by Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark
- Revolutionary Monsters: Five Men Who Turned Liberation into Tyranny by Donald T. Critchlow
- The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War by Craig Whitlock
Reassessing Edward Snowden: Whistleblower, Traitor, or Spy?
Assessing Edward Snowden: Whistleblower, Traitor, or Spy? (from Intelligencer Vol 21, No. 2, Summer 2015)
Chinese Offensive Intelligence Operations by Peter C. Oleson, released in the Fall 2020 issue of Intelligencer
Putin's People: How the KGB Took Back Russia and then Took on the West by Catherine Belton - Review by Peter Oleson [PDF includes additional reviews], released in the Fall 2020 issue of Intelligencer
Cyber Intelligence by Robert M. Clark and Peter C. Oleson
Series on "Wet Affairs" - Unusual Deaths, Fatal Accidents, Poisonings, and Other Lethal Events to Those in the Circle of Vladimir Putin
Wet Affairs, Part I: Stalin's Disciple: Vladimir Putin and Russia's
Newest "Wet Affairs" by Peter Oleson
Wet Affairs, Part II: Significant Murders or Attacks Related to Putin's Regime by Peter Oleson
NEW • Wet Affairs, Part III: Russia's Assassination Pandemic by Peter Oleson