Silent Warfare: Understanding the World of Intelligence

Silent Warfare Understanding the World of Intelligence A thoroughly updated revision of the first comprehensive overview of intelligence designed for both the student and the general reader Silent Warfare is an insider s guide to a shadowy often misunde

  • Title: Silent Warfare: Understanding the World of Intelligence
  • Author: Abram N. Shulsky Gary J. Schmitt
  • ISBN: 9781574883459
  • Page: 249
  • Format: Paperback
  • A thoroughly updated revision of the first comprehensive overview of intelligence designed for both the student and the general reader, Silent Warfare is an insider s guide to a shadowy, often misunderstood world Leading intelligence scholars Abram N Shulsky and Gary J Schmitt clearly explain such topics as the principles of collection, analysis, counterintelligence, anA thoroughly updated revision of the first comprehensive overview of intelligence designed for both the student and the general reader, Silent Warfare is an insider s guide to a shadowy, often misunderstood world Leading intelligence scholars Abram N Shulsky and Gary J Schmitt clearly explain such topics as the principles of collection, analysis, counterintelligence, and covert action, and their interrelationship with policymakers and democratic values This new edition takes account of the expanding literature in the field of intelligence and deals with the consequences for intelligence of vast recent changes in telecommunication and computer technology the new information age It also reflects the world s strategic changes since the end of the Cold War This landmark book provides a valuable framework for understanding today s headlines, as well as the many developments likely to come in the real world of the spy.

    One thought on “Silent Warfare: Understanding the World of Intelligence”

    1. This is a good textbook for the intel professional. It's not an "entertainment" book. It's raw information for the "need to know" user. It is worth your time to read if you are a student of intel.

    2. Academic and informative. I greatly struggled to get through this one. The authors' style and knowledge of intelligence are both impressive. And, yet, it is easy to get lost in detail or the philosophical discussions brought forth in the writing.

    3. An academic primer on intelligence (as in cloak and dagger, not IQ). It's fairly brief and the prose is dry; if you're expecting thrilling spy anecdotes, you want a different book. The overview of concepts and philosophical approaches is useful, but be aware that the book is notably West-centric in general and USA-centric in particular. In part this is probably due to accessibility of information, but a great deal of space is devoted to organizational and policy issues peculiar to the USA, so if [...]

    4. The book is a good, comprehensive primer on a widely misunderstood part of statecraft. It's geared more towards policymakers and academics and not the general readership; the language is dry and the text becomes too tedious at times. If you're looking for a riveting book on espionage with anecdotes and amusing tales, this isn't it.

    5. An indispensable addition to the library of anyone interested in intelligence. It is concise enough to be enjoyed by casual readers but retains academic authority. Silent Warfare starts out slow but is rewarding for those who have the patience for it.P.s.Don't skip the end notes! (It nearly comprises a quarter of the book)

    6. after reading "intelligence: from secrets to policy" , this book was dry, boring, and did little more than define very common terms like "covert action".

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