Intelligence Services in the Information Age: Theory and Practice
Van Nederveen, Gilles, Aerospace Power Journal
Intelligence Services in the Information Age: Theory and Practice by Michael Herman. Frank Cass Publishers (http://www.frankcass.com), 5824 NE Hassalo Street, Portland, Oregon 97213-3644, 2001, 252 pages, $59.50.
This collection of essays with a very British flavor addresses intelligence issues and challenges of the information age-subjects that will prove extremely useful as the US intelligence community grapples with its problems. The book's efforts at pointing out contrasts between British and American intelligence gathering, analysis, and recruitment of mid- and top-level managers make it valuable to both historian and practitioner alike.
Herman deals with three overarching issues: an information-rich world, national-level intelligence strategy, and the interaction of intelligence with ethical foreign policy. All of these topics are interesting, but the individual contributions prove harder to follow. Because scholarly research and writing in the area of intelligence are still relatively young, years will pass before we have conclusive works in hand. Thus, we must consider this set of essays a step in the right direction. One chapter, of great interest to this reviewer, deals with the constant debate within the intelligence community on the merits of single-source versus all-source intelligence by examining British estimates of Soviet weapons development. Its discussion of transatlantic relationships crucial to the United Kingdom since World War II should give pause to American intelligence researchers. …