[Intelforum] Upcoming Jeffrey T. Richelson book
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Date: Sat, 17 Dec 2005 22:34:16 -0800
From: "Peter Pesavento" <eagle267 at verizon.net>
Subject: Upcoming Jeffrey T. Richelson book
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A book to be published next March by richelson has recently had a
review in Publisher's Weekly (December 5th issue)...it is one of the
highlighted reviews (a red star is next to it for worthy of reading
Its title is: "Spying on the Bomb: American Nuclear INtelligence
from Nazi Germany to Iran and North Korea" to be published by Norton.
The reviewer states that Richelson "has written an authoritative and
definitive account of US nuclear espionage from the earliest days of
atmoci research in WW II to the present."
It is a very positive review. But it brings up the theme that "With
abundant technology--aerial reconnaissance, singals intercepts,
seismic detection--but few human intelligence resources (HUMINT)--the
US was consistently surprised by nuclear events in the Soviet Union,
China, India and elsewhere. And we're still getting it wrong."
This brings up my question to those readers on the group who would
like to comment:
Was HUMINT always the USA's "achilles heel" in intelligence
gathering? Were there times where it was more starkly drawn as being
lacking than at other times? I remember reading that US intelligence
work during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war was super excellent.
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