Jones, Ishmael [Pseud.] The Human Factor: Inside the CIA's Dysfunctional Intelligence Culture. New York & London: Encounter, 2008.
Jones maintains a Website at http://www.ishmaeljones.com, primarily to promote his book but also arguing for "intelligence reform."
Early reviewers often took the author at face value. Stein, CQ Homeland Security, 2 Aug. 2008, says that the author "presents a withering portrait of the CIA as suffering from a timid, self-serving bureaucracy that has stifled initiative and failed to recruit meaningful spies." Passingly, Stein notes that "CIA spokesman Paul Gimigliano dismissed Jones's book as fiction." For Ledeen, National Review, 12 Sep. 2008, this is an "excellent book" that "paints a devastating and alarming picture of a vast bureaucracy [the author] calls 'a corrupt, Soviet-style organization.'"
Weisman, Washington Times, 7 Sep. 2008, and Intelligencer 17.1 (Winter-Spring 2009), finds that Jones's criticism of the CIA "is noble." For Brazil, I&NS 25.3 (Jun. 2010), much of Jones's "account is plausible, and corroborated elsewhere." The reviewer also notes that "Jones is one of the few commentators with much good to say about CIA Director Porter Goss, whom he describes as well intentioned and effective but out gunned by the bureaucracy he sought to energise."
Breathing some real life into the reviewing process, Chapman, IJI&C 22.3 (Fall 2009), notes that the more he read, the more he became "convinced Jones was never inside Langley's halls. Everything [he] writes doesn't seem right," from terminology to operational details. Long before its end, the reviewer "concluded that [the book] is a work of fiction."
Adam Goldman, "CIA Sues Former Employee for Publishing Book," Associated Press, 19 Oct. 2010, reports that in July 2010 the CIA filed a lawsuit in federal court in Alexandria, Viginia, accusing the pseudonymous Ishmael Jones "of breaking his secrecy agreement with the U.S. The former CIA staffer worked under deep cover before publishing the book in July 2008." The lawsuit "seeks an injunction against further violations of Jones' secrecy obligations and recovery of proceeds from unauthorized publication."
Jones, Jeffrey B. "Psychological Operations in Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Urban Freedom." Special Warfare 7, no. 3 (Jul. 1994): 22-29. [Gibish]
Jones, Jeffrey R., and Mark A. Thomas. "Cyber Espionage: What's the Big Deal?" National Intelligence Journal 1, no. 1 (2009): 91-107.
This article discusses "recent cyber espionage incidents; outline[s] a proposed methodology to define the operational impacts of cyber espionage; and highlight[s] the recent steps taken by the Amy Materiel Command (AMC) and the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (ASAALT), to identify, mitigate, and ultimately neutralize the advantages foreign entities gain bu exploiting U.S. digital information."
Jones, John B. A Rebel Clerk's War Diary. Ed., Howard Swiggett. 2 vols. New York: Old Hickory Bookshop, 1935. [Petersen]
Jones, Kevin. "A Curb on Ambition: Intelligence and the Planning of Eighth Army's Liri Valley Offensive, May 1944." Intelligence and National Security 22, no. 5 (Oct. 2007): 745-766.
The planning of Lt.-Gen. Sir Oliver Leese's offensive in the Liri Valley in May 1944 "was founded more on cautious consolidaion than it was bold exploitation. Moreover, rather than facilitating exploitation, intelligence was used to curb ambition still further."
Jones, Kevin. "From the Horse's Mouth: Luftwaffe POWs as Sources for Air Ministry Intelligence during the Battle of Britain." Intelligence and National Security 15, no. 4 (Winter 2000): 60-80.
"For an intelligence art still in its infancy, the Battle of Britain was a godsend to POW-derived intelligence and its ability to contribute significantly to a campaign's outcome. With a steady stream of subjects literally falling from the skies..., A11(k) [the Air Ministry intelligence section responsible for POW interrogation] was able to produce detailed and effective intelligence quickly enough for it to be of immediate operational and tactical use."
[UK/WWII/Services/RAF & Overviews]
Jones, Kevin. Intelligence and Command at the Operational Level of War: The British Eighth Army in the Italian Campaign 1943-45. London: Routledge, 2006.
Jones, Liane. A Quiet Courage: The Story of SOE's Women Agents in France. New York: Bantam Dell, 1989. London: Bantam, 1989. A Quiet Courage. London: Corgi, 1991. [pb]
According to Surveillant 1.3, this book presents the "[t]rue stories of six British women agents who were dropped into occupied France during the Second World War." Van Seters, I&NS 7.4/411, says that "Jones' work is by far the most thoughtful commentary to date on any field of women's secret service work."
[UK/WWII/SOE; Women/WWII/UK; WWII/Eur/Fr]
Jones, Matthew. "Anglo-American Relations after Suez, the Rise and Decline of the Working Group Experiment, and the French Challenge to NATO, 1957-59." Diplomacy and Statecraft 14, no. 2 (Mar. 2003): 49-79.
Jones, Matthew. "'Kipling and All That': American Perceptions of SOE and British Imperial Intrigue in the Balkans, 1943-1945." In The Politics and Strategy of Clandestine War: Special Operations Executive, 1940-1946, ed. Neville Wylie, 90-108. London : Routledge, 2007.
Jones, Matthew. "'Maximum Disavowable Aid': Britain, the United States and the Indonesian Rebellion, 1957-58." English Historical Review 114 (Nov. 1999): 1179-1216.
Jones, Matthew. "The 'Preferred Plan': The Anglo-American Working Group Report on Covert Action in Syria, 1957." Intelligence and National Security 19, no. 3 (Autumn 2004): 401-415.
The Working Group, whose report was issued in September 1957, involved "staff from the British Embassy" and "senior US officials from the State Department and CIA." Kermit Roosevelt was the CIA's "chief representative." The "Preferred Plan" involved "promotion of unrest within Syria, followed by border incidents between Syria and Iraq or Jordan to serve as pretext for Iraqi/Jordanian military action...; which in turn would serve as a trigger for a tribal uprising wirthin Syria."
Jones, Rhidian. "Behind Enemy Lines." Everyone's War 20 (Winter 2009): 46-53.
Capet notes: "British support of French Resistance."
Jones, Seth G. Hunting in the Shadows: The Pursuit of Al Qa'ida Since 9/11. New York: Norton, 2012.
Peake, Studies 56.4 (Dec. 2012) and Intelligencer 19.3 (Winter-Spring 2013), notes that this "fine well-documented" work "treats the US and UK reactions to 9/11." The author's "style makes for an easy read, and he does more than just provide facts," adding "geographic, societal, and political" background to his discussion.
Jones, Tamara. "What the Secret Agent Kept Secret." Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 7-13 Mar. 1994, 8.
Comments from Aldrich Ames' high school classmates, plus some comments about his father and his career with the CIA.
Jones, Tamara, and Tyler Marshall. "Former Cold War Spymaster on Trial." Los Angeles Times, 4 May 1993, A9.
Jones, Tim. "The British Army and Counter-Guerrilla Warfare in Transition, 1944-1952." Small Wars and Insurgencies 7, no. 3 (Winter 1996): 265-308.
1. Postwar Counterinsurgency and SAS, 1945-1952: A Special Type of Warfare. London & Portland, OR: Frank Cass, 2001.
2. SAS: The First Secret Wars: The Unknown Years of Combat and Counter-Insurgency. London: Tauris, 2005.
3. SAS Zero Hour: The Secret Origins of the Special Air Service. Annapolis, MD: U.S. Naval Institute Press, 2006.
From publisher: The author "draws extensively on primary sources and a close examination of recent regiment histories. While not dismissing Stirling's considerable contributions, Jones takes into account the influence of such notables as Dudley Clarke and Archibald Wavell on the formation of the regiment."
[UK/Postwar/Counterinsurgency & SAS]
Jones, Virgil Carrington. Gray Ghosts and Rebel Raiders. New York: Holt, 1956.
Jones, William [MAJ]. Twelve Months with Tito's Partisans. London: Bedford, 1946.
Woolbert, FA (Oct. 1946): "A Canadian in the R.A.F. reports on his adventures with the Jugoslav Partisans in Croatia during 1943 and 1944."
Jones, Wilmer L. Behind Enemy Lines: Civil War Spies, Raiders, and Guerrillas. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2001.Dallas, TX: Taylor, 2001. [pb] Lanham, MD: Cooper Square, 2005..
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