Intelligence Power in Peace and War by Michael Herman

By Michael Herman

Intelligence companies shape an incredible yet debatable a part of the fashionable kingdom. Drawing ordinarily on British and American examples, this booklet presents an analytic framework for knowing the ''intelligence community'' and assessing its worth. Michael Herman, a former senior British Intelligence officer, describes a number of the parts of intelligence; discusses what intelligence is for; considers problems with accuracy, assessment and potency; and makes options for the way forward for intelligence within the post-Cold struggle international.

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It has been accepted that the earliest work was an Arab manual dated 1412. See D. Kahn, The Codebreakers (London: Sphere [Books], 1973), p. 80. But in 1992 it was claimed that similar Arab work could be identified to the ninth century (Ibrahim A. Al-Kadi, 'The Origins of Cryptology: the Arab Connection', Cryptologia vol. 16 no. 2 (April 1992)). History from Kahn, The Codebreakers, chapters 1-6. Mattingly, Renaissance Diplomacy, p. 267; for 'licensed spies' see D. Ogg, Europe in the Seventeenth Century (London: Black, 1925), p.

26 Evolution and outline Japanese intelligence. 42 Japanese wartime intelligence was equally inefficient and unsystematic. After 1945 the Cold War gave special relevance to this lesson in both Britain and the United States. The communist threat seemed to span political, military, economic and subversive attacks, and needed equally comprehensive intelligence assessment. The intentions and capabilities of the intensely secretive Soviet and Chinese regimes had to be studied by putting together evidence from all sources and all sectors.

Harvard University Press, 1985), pp. 35-8. 5 States have always also had their systems for handling and recording the 'intelligence' thus collected. For foreign affairs they developed their chanceries in fits and starts, with variable results. '6 England had one of these fits of enthusiasm for information handling after the Restoration. "The most important function vested in the Secretaries of State in the seventeenth century was the management of "the intelligence". 9 Secret intelligence This mass of 'intelligence' has always contained some more than usually sensitive information, or 'secret (or covert) intelligence'.

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