Operation Desolation (Jeff Aiken, Book 1.5) by Mark Russinovich

By Mark Russinovich

A thought-provoking new brief tale from the acclaimed writer of Zero Day and Trojan Horse.

Challenging nameless is like waving a pink flag in entrance of a bull. however the CEO of an important funding company has performed simply that, and now cyber safety professional Jeff Aiken has to aim to guard the corporate from its leader's error. The timing couldn't be worse, as Jeff is scheduled to seem at a convention that has invited an nameless consultant besides. And Jeff's approximately to find that the hacker outfit plans to deliver their struggle offline—and into the genuine international.

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Souers. A reservist, Souers was a Democratic Party stalwart from Missouri, a wealthy businessman who made his money in life insurance and Piggly Wiggly shops, the nation’s first self-service supermarkets. He had served on a postwar commission studying the future of intelligence created by Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal, but his sights were set on nothing grander than a swift return to Saint Louis. Souers discovered to his dismay that the president was going to make him the first director of central intelligence.

What was the mission of American intelligence in the face of the new Soviet threat? No one was sure. “AN APPRENTICE JUGGLER” On June 10, 1946, General Hoyt Vandenberg became the second director of central intelligence. A handsome pilot who had led Eisenhower’s tactical air war in Europe, he now ran a fly-by-night outfit based in a cluster of undistinguished masonry buildings at the far end of Foggy Bottom, atop a small bluff overlooking the Potomac. His command post stood at 2430 E Street, the old headquarters of the OSS, surrounded by an abandoned gasworks, a turreted brewery, and a roller-skating rink.

He set out on a recruiting drive that ran from the Pentagon to Park Avenue to Yale and Harvard and Princeton, where professors and coaches were paid to spot talent. He hired lawyers, bankers, college kids, old school friends, veterans at loose ends. “They would pull people off the streets, anybody with warm blood who could say yes or no or move arms and legs,” said the CIA’s Sam Halpern. Wisner aimed to open at least thirty-six stations overseas within six months; he managed forty-seven in three years.

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