MILITARY INTELLIGENCE

U.S. Naval Intelligence

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Campbell, Kenneth J. "Leadership in Naval Intelligence: Rear Admiral Donald P. Harvey." Intelligencer 11. no. 2 (Winter 2000): 36-39.

Harvey was Director of Naval Intelligence (DNI) from 1976 to 1978.

Deacon, Richard [Donald McCormick]. The Silent War: A History of Western Naval Intelligence. Newton Abbot, UK: David & Charles, 1978. New York: Hippocrene Books, 1978.

Ford, Christopher, and David Rosenberg. The Admirals' Advantage: U.S. Navy Operational Intelligence in World War II and the Cold War. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2005.

Mazzafro, NIPQ 21.2 (Jun. 2005), describes this work as an "easy to read, well-researched, and nicely-indexed slim volume." The authors "effectively use a chronological approach to let their research tell the Navy OPINTEL story through the recollections and commentary of those who lived and used it." For Kruh, Cryptologia 30.2 (Apr. 2006), this is a "path-breaking work" that goes "as close to the edge of classification as possible."

While he sees this work offering "many lessons both to the intelligence professional and to anyone doing research into intelligence matters," Guenther, NIPQ 21.3 (Sep. 2005), is disappointed by how much better the book could have been had it reflected Marine Corps participation. Reveron, DIJ 14.2 (2005), notes that the authors "had unprecedented access to naval intelligence archives and senior consumers and producers of Operational Intelligence (OPINTEL)." They have produced a book that "is a rich history of the origins of Navy OPINTEL, its transformation during the Cold War, and important lessons for the future."

Beyond a cautionary note ("the contention that the Navy's concept of all-source operational intelligence was in any sense pace setting is open to question"), Peake, Studies 50.1 (Mar. 2006), accepts that "[l]ittle has been published on the topic of naval OPINTEL and this book fills that gap admirably. While it is replete with acronyms (over 130) and turgid Pentagonese, its basic message comes through loud and clear: Intelligence is the admiral's advantage."

Evans, Proceedings 132.3 (Mar. 2006), calls this work a "comprehensive and meticulously researched study." It "provides a remarkable insight into the chronicles of U.S. Navy" OPINTEL, and "the impact it had on the ultimate victory of the United States ... during the Cold War." See also Emil Levine [CAPT/USNR (Ret.)], "NFOIO's Place in the History of OPINTEL: A Commentary on 'The Admirals' Advantage,'" NIPQ 21.2 (Jun. 2005): 21-22; and John Prados' review in Journal of Military History 70.3 (Jul. 2006): 865-867, and NIPQ 22.4 (Sep. 2006): 34-35.

Harris, Gail, with Pam Mclaughlin. A Woman's War: The Professional and Personal Journey of the Navy's First African American Female Intelligence Officer. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 2010.

Reddig, NIPQ 26.2 (Jun. 2010), notes that when the author "retired in 2001, she was the highest ranking African-American female in the Navy.... This book is very human in scale, approachable and inspirational." Peake, Studies 54.4 (Dec. 2010), comments that this "is an inspirational story for career intelligence professionals in general and for African American women in particular. A really valuable contribution to the intelligence literature." Peterson, AIJ 29.1 (2011), says that this "book is full of ideas, advice, historical moments, and life. It is not a heavy read..... [I]t is a story of determination, perseverance, spirituality, and success."

Holschuh, Howard [CAPT/USN (Ret.)]. I Briefed a Thousand Stars: My Twenty-Five Years as a Naval Intelligence Officer. Charleston, SC: BookSurge, 2006.

Noland, NIPQ 23.1 (Jan. 2007), comments that this self-published autobiography covers the author's naval career "with style and wit." The "stars" of the title are, of course, the admirals and other flag rank officers Holschuh briefed in his career. Among his assignments prior to retirement in 1972 was that of "Intelligence Briefer for then CNO Admiral Arleigh Burke."

Huchthausen, Peter A., and Alexandre Sheldon-Duplaix. Hide and Seek: The Untold Story of Cold War Naval Espionage. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2009.

Brooks, NIPQ 25.2 (Apr. 2009), comments that this "collection of stories makes good reading for the uninitiated, [but] few of the vignettes in the book are truly 'untold..' ... There are a few assertions ... which would be open to debate and one or two stories that simply don't correlate well with fact." For Burke, NWCR 63.1 (Winter 2010), "[a]lthough there are numerous references to archival historical material, books, and personal correspondence," the authors "largely rely on anecdotes..., loosely strung together, and offer few conclusions." This book is "an interesting and entertaining read," but it "does not add much to the body of knowledge about naval espionage."

Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association. Echoes of Our Past. Pace, FL: Patmos, 2008.

Burke, Cryptologia 33.1 (Jan. 2009), notes that this work includes "short first-person histories of major events," spanning the years since 1914. It "is not, nor does it pretend or need to be, a scholarly history of the U.S. Navy's detection and cryptologic efforts." The book comes with a CD containing a digitalized copy of the book.

Packard, Wyman H. [CAPT/USN (Ret.)]

1. A Century of U.S. Naval Intelligence. Washington, DC: GPO, 1994. Washington, DC: Office of Naval Intelligence and the Naval Historical Center, 1996.

2. "The History of ONI." Naval Intelligence Professionals Quarterly [4 pts.] 3, no. 3 (Fall 1987): 2-3; 4, no. 1 (Winter 1988): 6-11; 4, no. 2 (Spring 1988): 3-6; and 4, no. 3 (Fall 1988): 8-12.

3. "Notes on the Early History of Naval Intelligence in the United States." ONI Review 12 (Apr.-May 1957): 169-175.

4. "The Origins of Naval Intelligence Professionals." Naval Intelligence Professionals Quarterly 5, no. 3 (Fall 1989): 17-18.

Shields, Henry S. A Historical Survey of U.S. Naval Attachés in Russia, 1904-1941. Washington, DC: Defense Intelligence School, 1970. [Petersen]

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