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  • The Asset Who Hunted the CIA – HUMINT Lessons

    On December 20, 2009, seven CIA personnel died in a massive explosion at an outpost at Khost, Afghanistan. Newsweek has a detailed account entitled The Triple Agent. While the episode was a tragedy, the facts uncovered in the Newsweek article have several...

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  • Intelligence Wars Library has been updated

    My apologies for the long delay in posting links to many of the journal articles used in The Intelligence Wars. The good news is that I have tested and updated links in the notes of the book that no longer work. Also, the Other Resources page has links...

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  • Iraq Gives the Quds Force Another Stick to Use Against It

    Iraq war veterans will remember the electricity shortages Baghdad and other cities experienced in 2004 and 2005 when insurgents were attacking pipelines and powerplants resulting in some cities only having a few hours of electricity a day. Baghdad buildings...

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  • Quds Force Commander’s Advice to Gen Petraeus

    Although it's previously been reported that Kassim Suleimani (or Qassem Suleimani), the commander of the IRGC's Quds Force, made contact with U.S. forces during the battle for Basra in March 2008, hearing General David Petraeus recall the event is noteworthy....

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  • Details on Suicide Bomb Attack at CIA Base – FOB Chapman

    Greetings, readers, if there are any left, of this blog.  I will be more active in 2010 - my apologies for the lack of productivity last year. STRATFOR, the private intelligence and forecasting service, has released the following information about how...

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  • The Intelligence Officer’s Lament

    While catching up on my fiction reading, I came across this observation by an experienced but cautious CIA headquarters man in Agents of Innocence by David Ignatius. Stone, a veteran of the CIA that was not burdened with senseless rules in the days immediately...

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  • The Mission, the Men, and Pete Blaber

    Pete Blaber has written an excellent book, The Mission, the Men, and Me that uses examples from his Delta Force career to illustrate some leadership lessons. But intelligence officers and users of intelligence would gain much from applying the same lessons...

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  • SEALS Link HUMINT to Action

    In The Sheriff of Ramadi author Dick Couch details how SEALs in Iraq successfully fused human intelligence with operators who could act upon the HUMINT and contrasts the SEALs willingness to share information with the tendency of other SOF units that...

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  • Who Picks the Chief of Station

    Philip Zelikow, who was Counselor to the Secretary of State for Secretary Rice, has written an interesting article about a turf battle between the CIA and the Director of National Intelligence on the Foreign Policy Shadow Government web site. Zelikow...

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  • Sorry for the absence

    I try not to make the posts about me, but wanted to explain. I've been working on a project that has kept me away from posting. I'll be picking it back up. Steve O'Hern

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Books

In Iran's Revolutionary Guard, a thoroughly researched investigation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Steven O'Hern reveals new information about Hezbollah and IRGC operations inside...

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The Intelligence Wars: Lessons from Baghdad, a book that is a critical review of U.S. intelligence operations in Iraq, explains why human intelligence must be better managed to fight future enemies.

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