Academic journal article Air & Space Power Journal

Espionage: A Reference Handbook

Academic journal article Air & Space Power Journal

Espionage: A Reference Handbook

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Espionage: A Reference Handbook by Glenn Hastedt. ABC-CLIO (http://www.abc-clio.com), 130 Cremona Drive, Santa Barbara, California 93117, 2003, 225 pages, $45.00 (hardcover).

Author Glenn Hastedt's theme throughout Espionage: A Reference Handbook is that espionage is the act of secretly collecting information-more commonly known to Americans as spying. Arguing that espionage and its inevitable partner, counterespionage, are central to a state's national security, Hastedt skillfully explores numerous historical examples from the American Revolution to events subsequent to the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, tracing the evolution of intelligencecollections capabilities-particularly human intelligence (HUMINT). He demonstrates that from the Boston Tea Party to the Civil War, espionage has played a key role in the planning phases of combat. Indeed, protecting ourselves against national security threats has become a high priority. Hastedt uses historical examples to show how terrorism has made counterespionage crucial to the safety of our citizens and what can happen when we get it wrong.

We learn that the field of military intelligence and organizations such as the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Office of Strategic Services, and Central Intelligence Agency emerged to facilitate intelligence collection as a response to newfound requirements for secret information. Interestingly, Hastedt points out that many of these organizations came about as a result of trial and error. …

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