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Smith, Nicol. Into Siam: Underground Kingdom. New York: Bobbs-Merrill, 1945.

According to Sacquety, Studies 50.1 (Mar. 2006), the author "was the OSS liaison officer for the [Free] Thai group." See also, Karr, Traveler of the Crossroads (1995).

[WWII/OSS/Individuals & Thailand]

Smith, Norris, and Lynn Messina, eds. Homeland Security. New York: H.W. Wilson, 2004.

[DHS/Books]

Smith, Niel. "Educating the Army in Its Own COIN." U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings 136, no. 2 (Feb. 2010): 42-46.

"[C]ounterinsurgency, or COIN, remains a tense subject for the U.S. Army, and it has not embraced the topic in its educational institutions.... Despite sporadic and halting efforts to incorporate the subject as a core competency, such instruction remains uneven in both quality and quantity throughout the Army, to the detriment of operational performance."

[MI/Army/2010 & Training]

Smith, Paul H. [MAJ/USA (Ret.)]

1. "Science, Not Magic: A Response to Recent Comments on the Government Remote Viewing Program." Intelligencer 12, no. 1 (Summer 2001): 68-72.

The author was assigned to the remote viewing program from 1983 to 1990. He served in other Army intelligence assignments both before and after his stint in Project Star Gate. He argues that "the evidence for remote viewing is ... robust and deserving of serious consideration."

2. Reading the Enemy's Mind: Inside Star Gate -- America's Psychic Espionage Program. New York: Tor, 2005.

[GenPostwar/Issues/Psychic]

Smith, Paul I. Industrial Intelligence and Espionage. London: Business Books, 1970.

Wilcox: "General account of of corporate and business ... espionage."

[GenPostwar/EconIntel/Corp]

Smith, Raymond F. "Is It a Pearl or a Kidney Stone? Intelligence Reform and Embassy Reporting, from Moscow to Baghdad." Intelligence and National Security 24, no. 6 (Dec. 2009): 836-864.

"Maintaining structures in the intelligence community that promote tension in analysis, while encouraging collaboration on information, ensuring that embassy reporting offers an independent point of view, and encouraging risk management perspectives in analysis ... are steps that would reduce the probability of [major intelligence] failures, and should mitigate their risk if they do occur."

[Analysis/Gen]

Smith, Richard Harris. OSS: The Secret History of America's First Central Intelligence Agency. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1972. New York: Dell, 1973. [pb] Berkeley: University of California Press, 1981. Guilford, CT: Lyons, 2005.

According to Pforzheimer, material released since its publication lessens the utility of Smith's work, but "it still has merits." The book contains "some errors of fact, which, taken with some biased views of the author, make for uneven reading. Therefore, the book must be read with some caution." For Kent, Studies 17.1 (Spring 1973), the author "writes engagingly" and "the earmarks of scholarly endeavor ... stuck out all over the book." In the end, however, the reviewer criticizes this work on the basis of "general approach, approach to sourcing and the sourcing itself, errors, and omissions."

Constantinides argues that while the book may be inadequate today, "it is still used as a reference because of its many merits." If nothing else, Smith moved writing about the OSS "away from the postwar pattern of melodramatic accounts of derring-do." However, Lowenthal feels that Smith "tends to overemphasize operations and their effect on the war."

[WWII/OSS/Gen]

Smith, Richard Harris. "The First Moscow Station: An Espionage Footnote to Cold War History." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 3, no. 3 (1989): 333-346.

The author notes that scholars impose a two-pronged test on discussions of HUMINT sources -- significance and documentation -- and implies that Popov may meet both those requirements. The article tells the story (unconfirmed) of Edward Ellis Smith as first CIA officer in Moscow, highlighting differences with Peer DeSilva's account and relationship to Popov.

[CIA/50s/Popov]

Smith, Richard K. "The Violation of the 'Liberty.'" U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, Jun. 1978, 62-70. [Petersen]

[GenPostwar/60s/Liberty]

Smith, R. Jeffrey [Washington Post].

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Smith, R[ussell] J[ack]. "Coordination and Responsibility." Studies in Intelligence 1, no. 4 (Fall 1957): 19-26.

In recent years increased coordination has become a necessity "primarily because national intelligence has become an integral part of the complex machinery for planning and policymaking of the US Government.... National estimates are not scholarly essays. They are primarily work documents for planners and policymakers."

[Analysis/Est]

Smith, Russell Jack. The Secret War. South Thomaston, ME: Dan River Press, 1986.

Smith is a former Deputy Director of Intelligence (DDI).

[GenPostwar/80s/Gen]

Smith, Russell Jack. The Unknown CIA: My Three Decades with the Agency. Washington, D.C.: Pergamon-Brassey's, 1989. Berkeley Press, 1991. [pb]

Former DDI R. Jack Smith died on 27 April 2009 at the age of 95. See Rebekah Davis, "Russell Jack Smith CIA Deputy Director," Washington Post, 10 May 2009, C7. See also, Nicholas Dujmovic, "Russell Jack Smith, Giant of CIA Analysis, Dies at 95," Studies in Intelligence 53, no. 2 (Jun. 2009): 1-3.

Clark comment: Smith served as Deputy Director of Intelligence (DDI) 1966-1971.

Richard Helms, A Look Over My Shoulder (2003), 386/fn., calls Smith's book "an excellent text on the Directorate of Intelligence, and a fundamental document in CIA history." For Lowenthal, the book has "some useful detail on key analytical issues" through the mid-1970s and contains "a detailed and sympathetic portrait of DCI Raborn." The book gets a "highly recommended" rating from Surveillant 2.2; it gives a "rare glimpse into the analytic hub of the CIA." However, there are "some factual errors."

Wark, I&NS 6.2, believes that Smith's memoirs are "relatively unrevealing about the man, and function more as a kind of insider's history of the institution that he served." The work helps reinforce the perception that "the working relationship between intelligence assessment and presidential politics has scarcely been sorted out." To Stein, CIRA Newsletter, Fall 2000, Smith "describes the [analysis] process vividly and enhances it with descriptions of his personal interactions with policymakers of the five administrations he served.... And he relates the often amusing, sometimes harrowing experiences he encountered in a lively, sometimes droll manner that is a delight to read."

[CIA/C&C/DI, DCIs/Raborn, & Memoirs][c]

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