Petersen, J. K. Understanding Surveillance Technologies: Spy Devices, Privacy, History, & Applications. Rev. & exp. ed. Boca Raton: Auerbach, 2007.

According to Peake, Studies 51.4 (2007), this work "is intended as a college-level guide for those working in law enforcement, forensics, military surveillance, covert operations, counterintelligence, and journalism and politics. It is well-illustrated, and, though there are no endnotes, each chapter has many references. A very valuable reference."


Petersen, John L. "Info War: The Next Generation." U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings 123.1 (Jan. 1997), 60-62.

The author sees technology, particularly information technology, as one of the "major drivers and definers" of the coming era. "The early indicators of advanced first-generation information warfare already are emerging."


Petersen, Martin. "The Challenge for the Political Analyst: Advice from a DI Careerist." Studies in Intelligence 47, no. 1 (2003): 51-56.

"Policymakers are political animals," and this "make[s] the credibility hurdle higher for political, leadership, and country analysts." It is the job of the political analyst "to put the political behavior that policymakers see into a larger cultural and historical context -- that they do not see -- with enough sophistication to demonstrate that the context matters."

[Analysis/Gen; CIA/Components/DI]

Petersen, Martin. "Toward a Stronger Intelligence Product: Making the Analytic Review Process Work." Studies in Intelligence 49, no. 1 (2005): 55-61.

"The problem with the review process is not the layers of review but rather the quality of the review... My 30-plus years of experience leads me to conclude that there should be three levels of review and three broad areas of review for each piece of finished intelligence."


Petersen, Martin. "What I Learned in 40 Years of Doing Intelligence Analysis for US Foreign Policymakers." Studies in Intelligence 55, no. 1 (Mar. 2011): 13-20.

This article focuses on "three broad topics: understanding the consumer, the importance of a service mentality," and the six things the author "learned in doing and studying intelligence analysis" during his career in the DI.

[Analysis/Gen; CIA/Components/DI]

Petersen, Martin. "What We Should Demand from Intelligence." National Security Studies Quarterly 5 (Spring 1999): 107-113.


Petersen, Neal H., comp. and ed. American Intelligence, 1775-1990: A Bibliographic Guide. Claremont, CA: Regina Books, 1992.

Clark comment: For the general reader or scholar, Petersen is the most comprehensive general intelligence bibliography available. Small stylistic divergences occur and not every item is guaranteed to have all its search elements intact (missing page numbers for periodical articles are fairly numerous), but these are quibbles in the face of the massive compilation effort that went into this work.

Informed comment on Petersen has been strongly positive. The IJI&C 7.1 reviewer notes that Petersen "makes no evaluation or content comments on individual entries," but adds: "For anyone seriously interested in intelligence literature, Petersen's bibliography is certainly a must-have volume." AIJ 14.1 calls it a "[c]omprehensive bibliographic guide" that is "[e]ssential for intelligence research. Recommended."

According to Jeffreys-Jones, I&NS 9.3, Petersen is straightforward in stating "that he is limiting his coverage to publications in the English language." This book "does not purport to be a guide to archives.... A notable generic omission ... is the printed guide to microfilm and microform collections of documents."

Theoharis, JAH 80.4, notes that "Petersen's brief introduction to each chapter and section and his subject index enable the reader to identify all the listed bibliographic entities relevant to a specific research project... Episodic brief comments on a listed book or article are either too brief to be descriptive ... or tendentious.... Petersen's bibliography can profitably be consulted by the historian intending to begin research on any aspect of United States intelligence policy."


Petersen, Neal H., ed. From Hitler's Doorstep: The Wartime Intelligence Reports of Allen Dulles, 1942-1945. University Park, PA: Penn State Press, 1996.

Macartney, Intelligencer 8.1, believes that this compendium "will prove to be a boon to World War II historians." He suggests that it be read in conjunction with Heideking and Mauch, eds., American Intelligence and the German Resistance to Hitler: A Documentary History (1996). The reviewer for Virginia Quarterly Review 73.1 comments that "Petersen has carefully and careingly edited the radioteletype and telegraph messages to present a detailed picture of American intelligence gathering in its early days. Petersen also provides a most helpful introduction."

[CIA/DCIs/Dulles; WWII/Eur/Ger/Resistance & OSS/Ger/Ops]

Peterson, Edward N. The Secret Police and the Revolution: The Fall of the German Democratic Republic. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2002.

Peake, Studies 47.4 (2003), notes that the author "focuses on the domestic role" of the Ministry of State Security (MfS, or Stasi), "though he briefly mentions its foreign espionage element, the Hauptverwaltung Aufklärung (HVA)." Much of the book "addresses the Stasi's role in monitoring East German citizens from 1980 until reunification. The emphasis is on the big picture as opposed to case studies of particular operations." Peterson's is a "thoroughly documented account."


Peterson, Eric C. [COL/USAF] "Intelligence for Worldwide Transportation Command Operations." American Intelligence Journal 17, no. 3/4 (1997): 29-32.

The author is Director of Intelligence (J-2) at the U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM).


Peterson, Martha D. The Widow Spy: My CIA Journey from the Jungles of Laos to Prison in Moscow. Wilmington, NC: Red Canary Press, 2012. [pb]

From publisher: This "is the first hand account" of a Cold War spy operation in Moscow. Peterson "was one of the first women to be assigned to Moscow.... Her story begins in Laos ... where she accompanied" her CIA officer husband and where he was killed. "[H]er own thirty year career begins in Moscow, where she walks the dark streets alone, placing dead-drops and escaping the relentless eye of the KGB."

Peake, Studies 56.2 (Jun. 2012), finds that the author "conveys the personal and professional pressures of working in Moscow.," thereby providing "an unusually close look at the life of a CIA case officer operating under difficult conditions." Lukes, IJI&C 27.1 (Spring 2014), believes "[s]cholars of Soviet intelligence will find The Widow Spy to be indespensable, as will those seeking to understand the sometimes shaky role played by intelligence in the American political system."

For Steelman, Star News (Wilmingon, NC), 10 Mar. 2012, the author's privately published book "could have used a better editing job. Peterson's bob-and-weave storytelling technique might confuse some readers, especially those who aren't up on their Cold War history. For those still fascinated by that period, though, Peterson's book will be an invaluable addition."

[CIA/Memoirs; Women/CW]

Peterson, Michael L. "The Church Cryptogram: To Catch a Tory Spy." American History Illustrated 24, no. 6 (1989): 36-43.


Peterson, Michael L. "Maybe You Had to Be There: The SIGINT on Thirteen Soviet Shootdowns of U.S. Reconnaissance Aircraft." Cryptologic Quarterly ([classified] 1993; Declassified and Approved for Release by NSA on 11-23-2009). Available at:

For information on the genesis of the declassification of this article, see Steven Aftergood, "NSA Declassifies Secret Document After Publishing It," Secrecy News, 14 May 2012 (


Petersson, Magnus. "The Scandinavian Triangle: Danish-Norwegian-Swedish Military Intelligence Cooperation and Swedish Security Policy during the First Part of the Cold War." Journal of Strategic Studies 29, no. 4 ( 2006): 607-632.

From abstract: For Sweden, Scandinavian intelligence cooperation "represented an important part of the wider contacts with the West. Although military intelligence was important for Swedish security policy-making in some respects (e.g. military readiness), it did not have a significant influence in others (e.g. the politicians' threat perceptions). One important reason is the Swedish tradition of weak connections between the political and military leadership."

[OtherCountries/Denmark, Norway, & Sweden]

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