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The Rise and Fall of Intelligence

An International Security History

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This sweeping history of the development of professional, institutionalized intelligence examines the implications of the fall of the state monopoly on espionage today and beyond.

During the Cold War, only the alliances clustered around the two superpowers maintained viable intelligence endeavors, whereas a century ago, many states could aspire to be competitive at these dark arts. Today, larger states have lost their monopoly on intelligence skills and capabilities as technological and sociopolitical changes have made it possible for private organizations and even individuals to unearth secrets and influence global events.

Historian Michael Warner addresses the birth of professional intelligence in Europe at the beginning of the twentieth century and the subsequent rise of US intelligence during the Cold War. He brings this history up to the present day as intelligence agencies used the struggle against terrorism and the digital revolution to improve capabilities in the 2000s. Throughout, the book examines how states and other entities use intelligence to create, exploit, and protect secret advantages against others, and emphasizes how technological advancement and ideological competition drive intelligence, improving its techniques and creating a need for intelligence and counterintelligence activities to serve and protect policymakers and commanders.

The world changes intelligence and intelligence changes the world. This sweeping history of espionage and intelligence will be a welcomed by practitioners, students, and scholars of security studies, international affairs, and intelligence, as well as general audiences interested in the evolution of espionage and technology.

From Publishers Weekly

Apr 14, 2014 – Warner, historian for the Department of Defense and author of both unclassified and classified histories of the CIA, presents a timely, well-sourced, and thoughtful study of intelligence gathering. Opening with a discussion of the history of intelligence gathering, whose origins he places roughly around 2000 B.C.E., Warner moves on to WWI and the roots of modern information gathering. As Warner traces the role and mechanisms of intelligence through wars and domestic terror challenges, it becomes clear that the history of intelligence holds a central position in the history of Western wars and ideological clashes. Warner offers provocative ideas Espionage gave Stalin the atomic bomb as well as learned analyses of intelligence failures, the current Iraq conflicts, and weapons of mass destruction. His efforts cover much ground, from infamous spies of the past, Julius Rosenberg and Kim Philby, to legendary covert organizations including the CIA and KGB. He also comments on the promise and threat of the internet, as well as the WikiLeaks/NSA controversy. Warner directly confronts the future of intelligence given its now "vast and ubiquitous" powers, posing a final question for society and government: Does it try to deal in truth, or does it serve lies?
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  • Category: Politics & Current Events
  • Published: Mar 20, 2014
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press
  • Seller: Georgetown University
  • Print Length: 424 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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