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Intelligence Power in Peace and War


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Introduction; Part I. Evolution and Outline: 1. Antecedents; 2. Organizations; 3. Resources, stages and subjects; Part II. Components and Boundaries: 4. Collection sources; 5. Collection characteristics; 6. All-source analysis and assessment; 7. Boundaries; Part III. Effects: 8. Intelligence and national action; 9. International action; 10. Intelligence and security; 11. Intelligence threats; 12. Intelligence cooperation; Part IV. Accuracy: 13. Failure and remedies; 14. Problems of defence intelligence; 15. Top level assessment; Part V. Evolution and Management: 16. The production process; 17. Managing the community; 18. The agency manager; Part VI. The 1990s and Beyond: 19. National importance; 20. International dimensions; Part VII. Summary: 21. Modern intelligence power.

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This book provides an analytic framework for understanding the 'intelligence community' and assessing its value.


'Michael Herman has produced a very thought provoking and important book for understanding how an intelligence community works, when it fails and how it might work better ... It is set to be a standard for those who wish to understand the value of intelligence in the functioning of the modern state.' Dr Paul Latawski, RUSI 'Written by a professional who is also an academic, this book lays the foundations for a theory of 'intelligence power' - the generic capability that is a 'multiplier' the key to successful planning and action, and an instrument of policy in its own right. Herman dissects and analyses the autonomy of intelligence organisations and develops principles for ensuring the quality of the product and the efficiency of the processes. The book ranges from theory to practice and its comprehensive scope will appeal to layman and professional alike.' Professor Michael MccGwire, OBE 'Intelligence Power in Peace and War is based on an attractive combination of personal experience, wide reading and scholarly reflection. It is clearly and persuasively written.' Professor Christopher Andrew, University of Cambridge, author of For the President's Eyes Only: Security , Intelligence and the American Presidency from Washington to Bush Christopher Andrew regularly appears on Radio 4. '... is one of those books that invite the adjectives such as 'authoritative' and 'magisterial'. The organization is methodical, the analysis meticulous, the range of sources extraordinary and the writing crisp and lucid.' Lawrence Freedman, Intelligence and National Security 'This is the best overview of the nature and role of Intelligence that I have read. It is surely destined to become a standard work ...'. Professor Christopher Andrew, University of Cambridge 'The whole book derives from wide and obviously scrupulous research, very considerable personal experience and, quite clearly, deep reflection." Louis le Bailly, Vice Admiral, Naval Review '... there has been a grandscale breakthrough ... No one who is serious about intelligence studies should fail to become familiar with this book.' H. Bradford Westerfield, Intelligence and Counterintelligence 'This is an important book about the Anglo-Saxon tradition of intelligence management.' Michael I. Handel, The International History Review 'Herman has written the most complete in-depth study of intelligence yet to appear. A former British intelligence officer ... he combines practical experience with astute and sophisticated academic understanding to produce a book that should become the basic intelligence text and a professional bible.' J. D. Stemple, Choice

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