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INTELLIGENCER: Journal of U.S. Intelligence Studies


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

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


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


INTELLIGENCER JOURNAL - a feature of AFIO membership or available to subscribers.
Intelligencer features papers, book announcements and reviews by intelligence professionals, and analyses of important intelligence topics. The Journal, which runs 128-148 pages per issue, appears two times a year, and reaches over 3,000 members and subscribers of which are many government agencies and libraries, universities, and Congress.
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Table of Contents of Intelligencers

PERISCOPE, an earlier AFIO member publication, was discontinued in 2006 and its coverage of association members and events was added to Intelligencer journal which was expanded by 40 pages.


Published in 2016...

AFIO's 788-page Guide to the Study of Intelligence. Peter C. Oleson, Editor.
View authors and table of contents here.

Full no-cost, online version of Guide is here.

Perfect for professors, students, those considering careers in intelligence, and current/former officers seeking to see what changes are taking place across a wide spectrum of intelligence disciplines.

AFIO's Guide to the Study of Intelligence helps instructors teach about the large variety of subjects that make up the field of intelligence. This includes secondary school teachers of American History, Civics, or current events and undergraduate and graduate professors of History, Political Science, International Relations, Security Studies, and related topics, especially those with no or limited professional experience in the field. Even those who are former practitioners are likely to have only a limited knowledge of the very broad field of intelligence, as most spend their careers in one or two agencies at most and may have focused only on collection or analysis of intelligence or support to those activities.

The printed, bound edition has gone out-of-print. No copies remain for sale.

AVAILABLE ONLINE-ONLY: As an educational service to professors and students, AFIO provides the full 788-page Guide online here for free. This was made possible through the generosity of our foundation, corporate, and institutional members, coupled with the donations we received from our many individual members. We thank all of them.
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Intelligencer - is not available online or in digital form. It is print, only. Cover images, L to R, are shown in descending order of date.

                    AFIO Intelligencer SpringSummer 2014           Intelligencer Fall Winter 2011                             
PROJECT: When Intelligence Made a Difference - a new series by editor Peter Oleson

• Project theme by Peter Oleson

NEW: 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


Other Articles by Senior Editor Peter Oleson

NEW: 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


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