Barlow, Jeffrey G. From Hot War to Cold: The U.S. Navy and National Security Affairs, 1945-1955. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2008.
For Lord, Parameters 36.4 (Winter 2009-2010), "[t]here is some crackling good history" in this "meticulously researched book." The author "does an excellent job of describing the policy discussions among the senior leaders of the Navy and Defense Department." However, "[i]t is impossible to completely tell the story of the Navy's role in national security policy without explaining the acquisition priorities over time. More significantly, the development of new platforms and systems is not addressed at all.... These gaps are inexcusable in a volume that purports to tell the story of the US Navy's role in the immediate post-war national security arena."
Norton, NWCR 63.2 (Spring 2010), calls this "a stunning book" that is "[m]eticulously researched and scrupulously documented.... As a history, this volume is first-rate. As a study of decision making, it is superb.... [It] not only speaks knowledgeably about technical, organizational, and doctrinal shifts over a tumultuous decade but gives full attention to the personalities of the day."
To Elleman, Proceedings 136.8 (Aug. 2010), this is a "minutely researched and detailed history.... The notes are extensive, almost as long and as interesting as the book itself, and the bibliography is comprehensive." However, the reviewer is bothered by Barlow's failure to "discuss in detail ... how the United States negotiated with regional allies ... for basing rights and financial support."
Brady, Don [CDR/USN (Ret.)]. "NILO Duty, Military Region One, 1970-71." Naval Intelligence Professionals Quarterly 25, no. 1 (Jan. 2009): 41-50.
This is a detailed review of the author's one-year tour of duty as a Naval Intelligence Liaison Officer (NILO), illustrating the range of activities in which those officers were engaged.
Brooks, Thomas A. [RADM/USN (Ret.)] "Soviet Navy: An Update. Intelligence Collection." U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings 111, no. 12 (Dec. 1985): 47-49.
Campbell, Kenneth J., and Robert Cosgriff [CDM/USN (Ret.)]. "Admiral Bobby Ray Inman: A Study in Intelligence Leadership." American Intelligence Journal 17, no. 1/2 (1996): 85-90.
The focus here is on Admiral Inman's tenure as DNI (September 1974-July 1976). The article details at some length (and argues in favor of) Inman's controversial disestablishment of Task Force 157, the Navy's HUMINT unit.
Coyle, Robert E. "Surveillance from the Seas." Military Law Review 60 (Spring 1973): 75-97. [Petersen]
Craven, John P. The Silent War: The Cold War Battle Beneath the Sea. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2001.
According to Gaillard, Proceedings 127.4 (Apr. 2001), the author "was chief scientist in the Navy's Special Projects Office from 1958 to 1970.... The Silent War is a must-read for those interested in technology, management, and intelligence-gathering challenges triggered by tense Cold War competition beneath the seas."
David, James. "Bourbon Operations in China Following World War II." Cryptologia 31, no. 3 (Jul. 2007): 254-262.
"The small and short-lived [U.S. Navy] Tsingtao intercept site provides an important glimpse into the joint U.S.-British post-World War II Comint effort against the USSR codenamed BOURBON."
Dunham, Roger C. Spy Sub: A Top Secret Mission to the Bottom of the Pacific. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1996.
Levine, NIPQ, Oct. 1997, finds that Spy Sub does not deliver on what it advertises. In fact, It is "97 percent the story of routine life aboard a Pacific-based submarine on patrol in the mid-1960s and three percent special operations." The reviewer straightens out some of the twists taken to get Spy Sub through the security reviewing authority: The U.S. submarine involved was the USS Halibut (not Viperfish), and the Soviet sub that sank on 11 April 1968 was Golf 722 (not an Echo II). To Carpenter, History 26.2, this is "a lively tale," that provides "an intimate revelation of life for a sailor on board a 350-foot SSN 655." Dunham does not tell how the Soviet submarine was recovered.
Durning, Marvin B. World Turned Upside Down: U. S. Naval Intelligence and the Cold War Struggle for Germany. Dulles, VA: Potomac, 2007.
Rielage, NIPQ 24.3 (Jun. 2008), comments that this work "is less a history than a long, affectionate anecdote." Nonetheless, it "is a charming reminder that naval intelligence was an integral part of both the post-war landscape in Germany and of the efforts that ultimately won the Cold War." To Mengel, NIJ 1.1 (2009), the author "provides enlightening details about the personnel and operations of the Munich station" of Naval Intelligence. "Durning's style is easy to read," but it "occasionally tends toward the melodramtic and at times seems more like a mystery novel than a memoir."
For Anderson, Intelligencer 17.2 (Fall 2009), this "book is centered on Durning's short [one year] tour of duty in Munich, and is fattened up by slightly extraneous, though interesting, biographies of his German co-workers and of his commanding officer." Overall, however, the author "provides a well-written glimpse back at events in turmoil of post-war Germany mixed in with the greater turmoil of the early years of the Cold War."
Edwards, John Q. "The 'Y1' Story: Opintel in the Post-WWII Navy." Naval Intelligence Professionals Quarterly 6, no. 3 (1990): 1-3.
Ford, Christopher A., and David A. Rosenberg. "The Naval Intelligence Underpinnings of Reagan's Maritime Strategy." Journal of Strategic Studies 28, no. 2 (2005): 379-409.
From abstract: "Relying on a variety of interviews and newly declassified documents, the authors assert that the Maritime Strategy represents one of the rare instances in history when intelligence helped lead a nation to completely revise its concept of military operations."
Furnas, Wendall J. [CAPT/USN (Ret.)] "The 'Negative' Side of Intelligence: DIO 12 ND in the 1950s." Naval Intelligence Professionals Quarterly 15, no. 4 (Oct. 1999): 11-13.
Investigations as a District Intelligence Officer (DIO) in Northern California and Nevada in the 1950s.
Hubbard, Douglass H., Jr. Special Agent, Vietnam: A Naval Intelligence Memoir. Washington, DC: Potomac, 2006.
According to Sulick, Studies 51.2 (2007), the author "chronicles the demanding counterintelligence and criminal investigation missions of the NIS [Naval Investigative Service (now Naval Criminal Investigative Service or NCIS] through detailed vignettes of cases drawn from his own experience and interviews with colleagues." However, the work "provides more insight into NIS criminal investigations than its counterintelligence operations.... Special Agent, Vietnam brims with atmospherics that only someone with first-hand experience like Hubbard could provide."
Prout, DIJ 16.1 (2007), comments that "[w]hile this book has merit, it holds little value to an intelligence professional seeking to learn about the U.S. Navy's intelligence or counterintelligence activities during the Vietnam era. The bulk of the cases are criminal in nature, and those few intelligence cases sadly lack any meaningful detail." Ochiai, I&NS 23.4 (Aug. 2008), also notes that most of the stories here "are about investigations of crimes committed by US servicemen."
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