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Watson, Ben. "Green Berets Helping with Earthquake Recovery; Pentagon Ferries Hundreds of Rescue Workers to Nepal." Defense One, 27 Apr. 2015. [http://www.defenseone.com]

A Pentagon spokesman said on 27 April 2015 that "[s]ome of the 26 Green Berets already in Nepal will help build tents for displaced locals in central Kathmandu.... The remaining U.S. special forces will use their medical expertise to help the Nepalese Army treat the wounded....One of those two teams of special forces troops has been specially trained to operate in mountainous conditions, a military official told Defense One. And some of those Green Berets are helping with search efforts along a number of popular trekking routes, including the Everest Base Camp route."

[MI/SpecOps/10s/15]

Watson, Bruce W., and Peter M. Dunn, eds. Military Intelligence at the Universities: A Study of an Ambivalent Relationship. Boulder, CO: Westview, 1984.

See review by Simon, Science, Technology, & Human Values 10.2 (1985).

Watson, Bruce W., Susan M. Watson, and Gerald W. Hopple, eds. United States Intelligence: An Encyclopedia. New York: Garland, 1990.

Clark comment: This work would have been more accurately entitled "United States Military Intelligence: An Encyclopedia of Terms." Among the strengths of this reference work are 70 pages of acronyms (in its heavy preponderance of military-associated terms, the list also reflects the work's limitations), a 13-page chronology of intelligence-related events from February 1941 to March 1989 (to an old FBIS hand, it is heartening that the authors begin their chronology of "modern" U.S. intelligence with the creation of the FCC's Foreign Broadcast Monitoring Service), and 25 documents (Executive Orders, laws, Resolutions, and the like) included as Appendices.

Each entry has one or more bibliographic references, a detail that is certainly an overall positive for an individual looking up a single term. However, the editors' referencing is at times carried to a debilitating extreme. For example, the term "overtaken by events" gets a noncontroversial seven-line definition, which is followed by 24 lines listing six references (Becket, Dictionary; Deacon, Spyclopedia; and four Department of Defense publications). In addition, too much of the counterintelligence-related material comes from only two sources, Allen and Polmar's Merchants of Treason, and Crawford's Volunteers.

Surveillant 1.1 says that this encyclopedia has "[s]ome flaws but [is] impressive in size and scope." Theoharis, JAH 77.4, comments that this work is of little value to scholars concerned with general U.S. intelligence policy issues. Its strength "is confined to the areas of military intelligence policy and military strategy in general." For Lowenthal, the value of this work is "[e]nhanced by bibliographic references after many articles, and appendices of key documents." Lee, I&NS 6.4, is impressed with the "scope and diversity of the entries," and concludes that the work "is a valuable resource for the student of intelligence."

[RefMats/Encyclopedias/Gen][c]

Watson, Julie. "Marine Special Operations Team Members Honored." Associated Press, 3 Dec. 2012. [http://www.ap.org]

In a ceremony at Camp Pendleton, CA, on 3 December 2012, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus "honored four members of a Marine special operations team in a rare public ceremony for those who have served in the covert forces." Marine Sgt. William Soutra Jr. was awarded "the Navy Cross, the Navy's highest honor and the military's second highest honor, for tending to the wounded while guiding the platoon to safety during an attack in Afghanistan's Helmand Province in July 2010.... Three others on his team, including a Navy corpsman, were given Silver Stars."

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Watson, Pat. The FBI's Changing Missions in the 1990s. (Working Group on Intelligence Reform.) Washington, DC: Consortium for the Study of Intelligence, 1992.

Watson, Roland, and Philip Webster. "Rifkind Key Figure in Release of Papers." Times (London), 14 Sep. 1999. [http://www.the-times.co.uk]

Home Secretary Jack Straw's statement of 13 September 1999 disclosed that it was after a decision by Sir Malcolm Rifkind, the former Foreign Secretary, in 1996 that the Mitrokhin material was made available to Cambridge academic Christopher Andrew.

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Watson, Vera. "Spy in the Committee of Public Safety." History Today 9 (Oct. 1959): 672-680.

Calder: "Discusses the British penetration of the French Committee of Public Safety.... Executions were held to clean out the spies, but the espionage continued."

[France/Historical; UK/Historical]

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