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2nd Edition

Secret Intelligence
A Reader

ISBN 9780415705684
Published August 12, 2019 by Routledge
678 Pages

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Book Description

The second edition of Secret Intelligence: A Reader brings together key essays from the field of intelligence studies, blending classic works on concepts and approaches with more recent essays dealing with current issues and ongoing debates about the future of intelligence.

Secret intelligence has never enjoyed a higher profile. The events of 9/11, the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the missing WMD controversy, public debates over prisoner interrogation, together with the revelations of figures such as Edward Snowden, recent cyber attacks and the rise of 'hybrid warfare' have all contributed to make this a ‘hot’ subject over the past two decades.

Aiming to be more comprehensive than existing books, and to achieve truly international coverage of the field, this book provides key readings and supporting material for students and course convenors. It is divided into four main sections, each of which includes full summaries of each article, further reading suggestions and student questions:

•   The intelligence cycle

•   Intelligence, counter-terrorism and security

•   Ethics, accountability and secrecy

•   Intelligence and the new warfare

This new edition contains essays by leading scholars in the field and will be essential reading for students of intelligence studies, strategic studies, international security and political science in general, and of interest to anyone wishing to understand the current relationship between intelligence and policy-making.



Table of Contents

Introduction: What is intelligence?

1. Wanted: A definition of ‘intelligence’ Michael Warner

2. Ideas of intelligence: Divergent national concepts and institutions Philip Davies

Part 1: The Intelligence Cycle


The collection of intelligence

3. Observations on Successful Espionage Joseph Wippl

4. All glory is fleeting: SIGINT and the fight against international terrorism Matthew Aid

5. Introducing Social Media Intelligence Sir David Omand, James Bartlett and Carl Miller

6. The Increasing Value of Open Source Stevyn Gibson

The analysis of intelligence

7. Surprise despite warning: Why sudden attacks succeed R.K. Betts

8. Is Politicization Ever a Good Thing? Joshua Rovner

Intelligence at the top: Producer-consumer linkage

9. American Presidents and their intelligence communities C.M Andrew

10. Squaring the circle: Dealing with intelligence-policy breakdowns K.L. Gardiner

Liaison: International Intelligence co-operation

11. International intelligence co-operation: An inside perspective Stephen Lander

12. ‘Foreign Intelligence Liaison: Devils, Deals, and Details’ Jennifer Sims

Part 2: Intelligence, Counter-Terrorism and Security


Intelligence and 9/11

    13. The 9/11 Terrorist Attacks: A Failure of Policy Not Strategic Intelligence Analysis Stephen Marrin

    14. Deja Vu? Comparing Pearl Harbor and September 11 James J. Wirtz

    Intelligence and WMD

    15. Reports, politics, and intelligence failures: The case of Iraq Robert Jervis

    16. British Intelligence Failures and Iraq John Morrison

    Security intelligence and counter-terrorism

    17. Intelligence and strategy in the war on Islamist terrorism John R. Schindler

    18. Intelligence in Northern Ireland B. Bamford


    19. Counterintelligence: The broken triad Frederick L. Wettering

    20. Delayed Disclosure: National Security, Whistle-Blowers and the Nature of Secrecy Richard J. Aldrich and Christopher Moran

    Part 3: Ethics, Accountability and Control


    The problems of oversight and accountability

    21. The British experience with intelligence accountability Mark Phythian

    22. The role of news media in intelligence oversight Claudia Hillebrand

    The problem of surveillance and civil liberties

    23. High policing in the security control society James Sheptycki

    24. Needles in Haystacks: Law, Capability, Ethics, and Proportionality in Big Data Intelligence-Gathering Julian Richards

    Intelligence and ethics

    25. Ethics and intelligence after September 2001 Michael Herman

    26. 'As Rays of Light to the Human Soul'? Moral Agents and Intelligence Gathering Toni Erskine

    Torture and assassination

    27. Can the torture of terrorist suspects be justified? Maureen Ramsay

    28. Torture — The Case for Dirty Harry and against Alan Dershowitz Uwe Steinhoff

    Part 4: Intelligence and the New Warfare


    Covert action

    29. Covert action and the Pentagon Jennifer D Kibbe

    30. Secret Intelligence, Covert Action and Clandestine Diplomacy Len Scott

    Intelligence, deception and military operations

    31. Netcentric warfare, C4ISR and information operations John Ferris

    32. The New Frontier: Cyberespionage and Cyberwar Lewis Herrington

    Intelligence, counter-insurgency and peacekeeping

    33. Intelligence and Counter-insurgency Rory Cormac

    34. Intelligence and UN peacekeeping Hugh Smith

    Reform and New Directions

    35. Intelligence and the Global South; China, Africa and South America Zakia Shiraz and John Kasuku

    36. Learning to live with intelligence Wesley K. Wark

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    Christopher Andrew is Emeritus Professor of Modern and Contemporary History and former Chair of the Faculty of History at Cambridge University.

    Richard J. Aldrich is Professor of International Security at the University of Warwick, and a former Director of the Institute of Advanced Study. He is Leverhulme Major Research Fellow and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

    Wesley K. Wark is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Toronto, a Fellow of Trinity College and an Associate of the Munk Centre for International Studies. He is also a Visiting Research Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa.


    Praise for the First Edition:

    'This title fills a gap in the national security intelligence literature and is therefore a welcome addition to the bookshelves of scholars and practioners.' -- Hank Prunckun, Journal of the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers, Vol. 19, 2, 2011