Usdin, Steven T.
1. Engineering Communism: How Two Americans Spied for Stalin and Founded the Soviet Silicon Valley. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2005.
According to Peake, Studies 50.1 (Mar. 2006), this is the story of Julius Rosenberg's recruitment of Joel Barr and Alfred Sarant, "their wartime espionage"; their escape from the net that closed around the spy ring after Klaus Fuchs confessed that he had spied for the Soviets; "their lives in the Soviet Union, where they helped create a scientific laboratory complex called Zelenograd; and what happened to them after the Cold War." The book "is well written and well documented."
Beard, I&NS 21.2 (Apr. 2006), says that the author "has carefully documented his story in the secondary literature." The book "succeeds as both a biography of two personally and politically complex men and as Cold War history."
2. "Famous Espionage Cases: Tracking Julius Rosenberg's Lesser Known Associates." Studies in Intelligence 49, no. 3 (2005).
The author focuses on two of Julius Rosenberg's associates, Joel Barr and Alfred Sarant, to argue that the responses of the FBI and the U.S. Army "to communist penetration during World War II were characterized by a ... lack of imagination. The ... Bureau and the army treated communists as potential subversives, not as spies acting on behalf of the Soviet Union." The ability of Barr and Sarant to spy "unmolested can only be attributed to stunningly incompetent and uncoordinated American counterintelligence."
Usdin, Steven T. "The Rosenberg Ring's Continued Impact." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 23, no. 4 (Winter 2010-2011): 663-679.
"Aside from the obvious consequences of atomic espionage that accelerated the Soviet atom bomb program by at least two years,... the access to American nonatomic technology, including the thousands of pages of detailed information about advanced weapons copied by the Rosenberg ring, helped the USSR tactically and strategically as it was developing the weapons and policies that made the Cold War possible."
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings. "In-Q-Tel: Bringing Next-Generation Technologies to the CIA." Sep. 2001, 35.
Report on remarks by In-Q-Tel CEO and President Gilman Louie, presumably at a panel, "How Do We Win the War to Protect the Information," at the Naval Institute/AFCEA Western Conference and Exposition in January 2001.
U.S. News & World Report. "The Ball Goes Up, but What Comes Down? Assessing Terrorists' Plans for the Millennium." 27 Dec. 1999, 20.
U.S. agencies are on the alert against international and domestic terrorist threats.
U.S. News & World Report. "Special Report: Playing Defense." 6 & 13 Nov. 2006. Available at: http://www.usnews.com/usnews/news/articles/061103/3dni.intro.htm.
1. Part One: Kevin Whitelaw, "The Eye of the Storm," 6 Nov. 2006, 47-52 [looks inside the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC)]; and David E. Kaplan, "Hey, Let's Play Ball," 6 Nov. 2006, 52-57 [discusses the DNI's plan, "A Strategy for Analytic Outreach"].
2. Part Two: David E. Kaplan and Kevin Whitelaw, "Can This Man Keep America Safe?" 13 Nov. 2006, 44-53.
Assessing DNI Negroponte and efforts for change in the Intelligence Community. Includes sidebars, "The U.S. Intelligence Community" (p. 47) and "A Man Who's Not Getting Much Sleep" (p. 49).
Clark comment: These articles are well done and contain much up-to-date information on the current state of play with the DNI's efforts to further a more integrated Intelligence Community.
U.S. News and World Report. "Special Report: Secrets of the Cold War." 15 Mar. 1993.
Cover Story: Douglas Stanglin, Susan Headden, and Peter Cary, pp. 30-36 (sidebar: "Lawyer and Patriot: The Man Who Kept the Files," p. 36 [Sam Klaus]). Report, by Stanglin, Headden, and Cary, "Flights of the Ferrets," pp. 41-52 (sidebars: "Scorecard: Flights and Missions," by Cary; "Radar Net: Moscow's Northern Exposure," by Cary and Stanglin"; "Mind Games: A Raven Remembers"; and "Air Raids: Trial Balloons and Trouble," p. 52). Report, by Stanglin (in Moscow) and Sergei Kunetsov (in Povarnya), "A New Look at the U-2 Case," pp. 54-55. Report, by Headden, "Death in the Family: In Search of the Truth," p. 56.
Usowski, Peter S. "Intelligence Estimates and U.S. Policy toward Laos, 1960-63." Intelligence and National Security 6, no. 2 (Apr. 1991): 367-394.
"On the whole, the assessments, judgements, and forecasts contained in the estimates were clear, well-founded, reliable, and, for the most part, accurate.... The available record shows that during Kennedy's three years of dealing with Laos the impact of intelligence estimates on major decisions was limited.... In specific policy areas, however, the CIA's assessments were influential."
Usowski, Peter S. "John McCone and the Cuban Missile Crisis: A Persistent Approach to the Intelligence-Policy Relationship." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 2, no. 4 (Winter 1988): 547-576.
Garthoff, IJI&C 4.1, says this article is "well researched, well considered, and well written; it is a useful contribution to a too-little examined aspect of the missile crisis, as well as to the literature on the relationship between intelligence and policymaking."
USS Liberty Veterans Association. "A Report: War Crimes Committed Against U.S. Military Personnel, June 8, 1967." Submitted to the Secretary of the Army in his capacity as Executive Agent for the Secretary of Defense, June 8, 2005. [http://www.ussliberty.org/report/report.htm or http://ussliberty.org/report/report.pdf]
This 34-page report concludes: "The USS Liberty Veterans Association, Inc. respectfully insists that the Secretary of the Army convene an investigatory body to undertake the complete investigation that should have been carried out thirty-eight years ago."
USSR. Trial in the Criminal Case of the Agent of the British and American Intelligence Services, Citizen of the USSR, O.V. Penkovsky, and the Spy Go-Between, G.M. Wynne, 7-11 May 1963. Moscow: Political Literature Publishing House, 1963.
Uttley, Matthew. "Operation 'Surgeon' and Britain's Post-War Exploitation of Nazi German Aeronautics." Intelligence and National Security 17, no. 2 (Summer 2002): 1-26.
"From July 1945 to July 1947, Operation 'Surgeon' became the focus of British efforts to exploit Nazi advances through the evacuation of state-of-the-art equipment from aeronautical research institutes and the recruitment of high-grade aviation experts for post-war work in Britain."
Utz, Curtis A. Cordon of Steel: The U.S. Navy and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Washington, DC: Naval Historical Center, Department of the Navy, 1993.
Surveillant 4.4/5: This is a brief (48 pages) look at the Navy's role in the Cuban Missile Crisis, using Navy records.
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