Benn

Bennett, Bruce. "DIA's Analytic Competency-Based Training." American Intelligence Journal 26, no. 2 (Winter 2008-2009): 25-29.

[MI/Training/AIJ26.2]

Bennett, Donald G. "Spot Report: Intelligence, Vietnam." Military Review 46, no. 8 (1966): 72-77. [Petersen]

[Vietnam]

Bennett, Ethan R. "Fidelity and Zeal: The Earl of Sandwich, Naval Intelligence,and the Salvation of Britain, 1763-1779." The Historian 70, no. 4 (2008): 669-696.

John Montagu, 4th earl of Sandwich, 1718-1792.

[UK/Historical]

Bennett, Gill. Churchill's Man of Mystery: Desmond Morton and the World of Intelligence. London: Routledge, 2006.

From publisher: This study of the "life and career of Desmond Morton (1891-1971), Intelligence officer and personal adviser to Winston Churchill during World War II," is "based on full access to official records." Morton "worked for SIS/MI6 from 1919 to 1934... The fortunes of SIS in the interwar years are described here in unprecedented detail.... Morton had met Churchill on the Western Front in 1916 and supported him throughout the 'wilderness years,' moving to Downing Street as the Prime Minister's Intelligence adviser in May 1940. There he remained in a liaison role, with the intelligence Agencies and with Allied resistance authorities, until the end of the war."

Peake, Studies 51.2 (2007), comments that " [d]espite Desmond Morton's best efforts to remain a very private man, Gill Bennett has produced a fine account that he would probably have admired." See Michael Evans, "The Enigma of an Army Friend Who Was Churchill’s Private Spy," Times (London), 13 Nov. 2006.

[UK/Biogs]

Bennett, Gill. "Declassification and Release Policies of the UK's Intelligence Agencies." Intelligence and National Security 17, no.1 (Spring 2002): 21-32.

The author is "Chief Historian at the Foreign & Commenwealth Office [FCO] and Senior Editor of the FCO's official post-war documentary history series, Documents on British Policy Overseas." Here, she discusses "the current policies on declassification and release" of MI5, MI6, and GCHQ.

[RefMats/Release/UK; UK/Overviews/I&NS 17.1]

Bennett, Gill. "A most extraordinary and mysterious business": The Zinoviev Letter of 1924. FCO History Note No. 14. London: FCO, 1999.

[UK/Interwar/Zinoviev]

Bennett, James R. "The Agencies of Secrecy: A Bibliographic Guide to the U.S. Intelligence Apparatus." National Reporter 9, no. 3-4 (1986): 41-47.

[RefMats]

[Bennett, John D.] "Remarks by John Bennett, Director, National Clandestine Service, CIRA Luncheon, 9 February 2011." CIRA Newsletter 36, no. 1 (Spring 2011): 1-5.

The DNCS talks about the CIA's role in the war on terrorism, the Middle East, "the Khowst tragedy and the judgments that were made as to why it was handled the way it was," and "some of the initiatives to change or adapt the Clandestine Service to the mission we have today."

[CIA/Components/NCS]

Bennett, John D. The London Confederates: The Officials, Clergy, Businessmen and Journalists Who Backed the American South during the Civil War. Jefferson, NC, and London: McFarland, 2008.

From publisher: "Although the British government declared its neutrality during the American Civil War, London nevertheless became an important center of Confederate overseas operations. This work examines the extensive Confederate activities in London during the war, including diplomacy, propaganda, purchasing for the Army and Navy, spying, Cotton Loan, and various business associations; reflections of the Civil War in British art and literature; and the extent of British support for the South."

[CivWarConf/Overseas]

Bennett, John T. "Analysis: Defense Clandestine Service Is Here To Stay." Defense News, 12 Feb. 2014. [http://www.defensenews.com/]

"Senior US officials and lawmakers are sending new signals that a fledgling cadre of military spies is a done deal, despite no real substantive public debate. The Pentagon last year proposed creation of the Defense Clandestine Service (DCS), saying the military needed its own team of spies to gather human intelligence across the globe.... [D]espite unresolved questions about operational and budgetary redundancy, Congress rubber-stamped the Pentagon's plans. And by approving the Defense Department plans as included in its last budget request, so did President Barack Obama."

[MI/10s/14 & Humint/10s]

Bennett, John T. "DIA Official Defends Russia-Georgia Reporting." Defense News, 2 Sep. 2008. [http://www.defensenews.com]

DIA Deputy Director of Analysis Robert Cardillo "says the U.S. agency provided Bush administration officials with ample warning that the simmering tensions between Georgia and Russia could erupt in fighting."

[MI/DIA/00s]

Bennett, John T. "Going Dark: As CIA Boss, Petraeus Is Less Visible -- By Design." U.S.News & World Report, 11 May 2012. [http://www.usnews.com]

"Gen. David Petraeus was one of the U.S. military's most-visible leaders from 2007 until 2011, a span during which he commanded U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, and also headed the U.S. Central Command. But CIA Director Petraeus has largely gone dark -- and, like most things with the decorated war commander, that is very much a calculated change."

[CIA/DCIAs/Petraeus]

Bennett, J.W., W.A. Hobart, and J.B. Spitzer. Intelligence and Cryptanalytic Activities of the Japanese During World War II: SRH 254, the Japanese Intelligence System. Laguna Hills, CA: Aegean Park Press, 1986.

Sexton notes that this previously classified study, written in 1945, is a "valuable introduction to the often denigrated Japanese intelligence agencies."

[WWII/Japan]

Bennett, Michael E. [LCDR/USCG]

1. [Part I] "Guardian Spies: The Story of Coast Guard Intelligence in World War II." American Intelligence Journal 27, no. 1 (Fall 2009): 16-22.

This installment takes the Coast Guard from its beginning through the end of Prohibition.

2. [Part II] "Guardian Spies: The Story of Coast Guard Intelligence in World War II." American Intelligence Journal 28, no. 1 (2010): 153-159.

This installment includes the author's thoughts on "the evolution of the Coast Guard, and specifically the Coast Guard Intelligence Program since 9/11."

[MI/CG/Overviews]

Bennett, Michael [LCDR/USCG]. "The US Guard and OSS Maritime Operations during World War II." Studies in Intelligence 52, no. 4 (Dec. 2008): 13-22.

"Coast Guard men recruited for their swimming, diving, boat-handling, and signaling skills were at the heart of the OSS Martime Unit (MU) and Operational Swimmer Group (OSG) operations."

[WWII/U.S./Services/CG]

Bennett, Michael, and Edward Waltz. Counterdeception: Principles and Applications for National Security. Boston: Artech House, 2007.

Peake, Studies 51.3 (2007), notes that this book "asks how one can be sure a source is valid and not deceptive and what can be done when deception is suspected and/or detected?" The authors' answers "appear in nine chapters brimming with historical precedent, theories, principles, models, case studies, and documentation." However, it is not an easy read: "Counterdeception has the imperative substance and narrative elegance of an army training manual."

[GenPostwar/Deception/Gen]

Bennett, Ralph.

Bennett, Ralph K. "U.S. Eyes Over Russia: How Much Can We See?" Reader's Digest, Oct. 1985, 142-147. [Petersen]

[Recon/Sats/Arts/To89]

Bennett, Richard. "Syria's Intelligence Services: A Primer." http://www.thepalmerpress.com/syria_EXP.html [Jack Morris ceased maintaining this site on 7/1/05].

"A special assessment on Syria's several intelligence services acquired from the archives of the Middle East Intelligence Bulletin."

[OtherCountries/Arab]

Bennett, Richard M. Elite Forces: The World’s Most Formidable Secret Armies. London:  Virgin Press, 2003. 

Peake, Studies 47.3, finds that "[t]here are numerous unit misidentifications, British and American, and the historical details cannot be accepted as written.... Bennet’s topic is timely, but the book is unreliable."

[MI/SpecOps]

Bennett, Richard M. Espionage: An Encyclopedia of Spies and Secrets. London: Virgin Books, 2002.

Peake, Studies 46.4, and Intelligencer 13.2, comments that "[t]here are a few accurate entries in this book, but trying to separate them from the inaccurate ones is too much work for the layman or student. The entire book is tainted by appalling editing and scholarship. In short, it is an encyclopedic disappointment." Peake, Studies 47.3, adds that this book has "little to recommend it beyond being a source of unreliable entries."

For West, IJI&C 16.2, this "is not a straightforward factual document, but contains plenty of [the author's] personal opinions." Accepting that Bennett is entitled to his opinions, the reviewer finds that the work falls short in matters of verifiable facts: The "text is replete with errors and assertions that are not just doubtful, but plain wrong."

[RefMats/Encyclopedias/Gen]

Bennetto, Jason. "Carry On Spying: Russian Agents Flood UK in Revival of Intelligence Cold War." The Independent, 26 Oct. 2004. [http://news.independent.co.uk]

According to senior Whitehall and security sources, "Russia has resumed Cold War levels of spying and intelligence gathering in Britain."

[UK/PostCW/00s/04]

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