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Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA's Spytechs, from Communism to Al-Qaeda

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From two men who know better than anyone how espionage really works, an unprecedented history?heavily illustrated with neverbefore- seen images?of the CIA?s most secretive operations and the gadgets that made them possible.

It is a world where the intrigue of reality exceeds that of fiction. What is an invisible photo used for? What does it take to build a quiet helicopter? How does one embed a listening device in a cat? If these sound like challenges for Q, James Bond?s fictional gadget-master, think again. They?re all real-life devices created by the CIA?s Office of Technical Service?an ultrasecretive department that combines the marvels of state-of-the-art technology with the time-proven traditions of classic espionage. And now, in the first book ever written about this office, the former director of OTS teams up with an internationally renowned intelligence historian to take readers into the laboratory of espionage.

Spycraft tells amazing life and death stories about this littleknown group, much of it never before revealed. Against the backdrop of some of America?s most critical periods in recent history?including the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the war on terror?the authors show the real technical and human story of how the CIA carries out its missions.

Review:

"Today's CIA is regularly criticized for emphasizing technology at the expense of 'human intelligence.' In this history of the agency's Office of Technical Services, Wallace, its former head, and academic specialist Melton (Ultimate Spy) refute the charge with exciting content and slam-bang style. The book's chief value is its perspective on the synergy of technology and tradecraft. From WWII through the Cold War and up to the present, the authors say, technical equipment — for clandestine audio surveillance, for example — has been an essential element of agent operations. In the post — Cold War 'information society,' technology plays an even more significant role in fighting terrorism. Agents remain important, along with their traditional skills. Increasingly, however, they support clandestine technical operations, especially infiltrating and compromising computer networks. The authors persuasively argue that employing and defending against sophisticated digital technology is the primary challenge facing U.S. intelligence in the 21st century. Their position invites challenge, but it cannot be dismissed. 32 pages of photos, over 100 b&w illus. throughout. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Who's spying on you? And how are they doing it?

Spycraft offers an unprecedented look at the CIA's most secretive operations and the devices that made them possible.  

Written by the former director of the CIA's Office of Technical Service, Robert Wallace (a real-life Q, straight out of the James Bond films), and internationally renowned intelligence historian H. Keith Melton, Spycraft reveals how the CIA carries out its life-and-death missions against a backdrop of geopolitical tensions - including the Cold War, the Cuben Missile Crisis, and the War on Terror. 

More relevant than ever - given the news about Edward Snowden and the NSA, concerns about privacy rights, organizations like Julian Assange's WikiLeaks, and popular entertainment like The Americans and Homeland - Spycraft is an important and revealing primer on the fundamentals of high-tech espionage.  

 

Synopsis:

In this the first book ever written about the CIA's Office of Technical Service, former director Robert Wallace (a real-life Q, straight out of the James Bond films) and internationally renowned intelligence historian H. Keith Melton offer an unprecedented look at the CIA's most secretive operations and the devices that made them possible. Against a backdrop of geopolitical tensions- including the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the current War on Terror-the authors show how the CIA carries out its missions employing amazingly inventive tools. Illustrated with images never before seen by the public-and featuring everything from micro cameras to wired kitties to exploding pancakes-Spycraft is both a fantastic encyclopedia of gadgetry and a revealing primer on the fundamentals of high-tech espionage.

About the Author

Robert Wallace is the former director of the CI‛s Office of Technical Service. The recipient of the Intelligence Medal of Merit, he is the founder of the Artemus Consulting Group, a private national security firm, and a contributor to the CI‛s Center for the Study of Intelligence. H. Keith Melton is recognized internationally as an authority on spy technology. He is a historical consultant for the CIA, a professor at the Center for Counterintelligence and Security Studies, and the author of several books, including Ultimate Spy. Henry R. Schlesinger is a contributing editor at Popular Science magazine, covering intelligence technologies, counterterrorism, and law enforcement.

Table of Contents

Spycraft Foreword

Preface

Official Message from the CIA

Section I. At The Beggining

1. My Hair Stood on End

2. We Must Be Ruthless

Section II. Playing Catch-Up

3. The Penkovsky Era

4. Beyond Penkovsky

5. Bring in the Engineers

6. Building Better Gadgets

Section III. In The Passing Lane

7. Moving Through the Gap

8. The Pen Is Mightier Than the Sword (and Shield)

9. Fire in the Arctic

10. A Dissident at Heart

11. An Operation Called CKTAW

Section IV. Let The Walls Have Ears

12. Cold Beer, Cheap Hotels, and a Voltmeter

13. Progress in a New Era

14. The Age of Bond Arrives

15. Genius Is Where You Find It

Section V. Prison, Bullet, Passport, Bomb

16. Conspicuous Fortitude, Exemplary Courage in a Cuban Jail

17. War by Any Other Name

18. Con Men, Fabricators, and Forgers

19. Tracking Terrorist Snakes

Section VI. Fundamentals Of Tradecraft

20. Assessment

21. Cover and Disguise

22. Concealments

23. Clandestine Surveillance

24. Covert Communications

25. Spies and the Age of Information

Epilogue: An Uncommon Service

Appendix A: U.S. Clandestine Services and OTS Organizational Genealogy

Appendix B: Selected Chronology of OTS

Appendix C: Directors of OTS

Appendix D: CIA Trailblazers from OTS

Appendix E: Pseudonyms of CIA Officers Used

Appendix F: Instructions to Decipher the Official Message from the CIA on page xxv

Glossary

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780525949800
Subtitle:
The Secret History of the CIA's Spytechs, from Communism to Al-Qaeda
Author:
Wallace, Robert
With:
Schlesinger, Henry R.
With:
Schlesinger, Henry Robert
Author:
Schlesinger, Henry R.
Author:
Melton, H. Keith
Author:
Tenet, George J.
Publisher:
Plume
Subject:
Military - Other
Subject:
History
Subject:
Intelligence service
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Intelligence
Subject:
Military - Intelligence/Espionage
Subject:
United States History.
Subject:
Intelligence service -- United States.
Subject:
Espionage
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
Military - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20090526
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Two 16-page b/w photo inserts; b/w photo
Pages:
576
Dimensions:
9.26x6.50x1.80 in. 2.00 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Today's CIA is regularly criticized for emphasizing technology at the expense of 'human intelligence.' In this history of the agency's Office of Technical Services, Wallace, its former head, and academic specialist Melton (Ultimate Spy) refute the charge with exciting content and slam-bang style. The book's chief value is its perspective on the synergy of technology and tradecraft. From WWII through the Cold War and up to the present, the authors say, technical equipment — for clandestine audio surveillance, for example — has been an essential element of agent operations. In the post — Cold War 'information society,' technology plays an even more significant role in fighting terrorism. Agents remain important, along with their traditional skills. Increasingly, however, they support clandestine technical operations, especially infiltrating and compromising computer networks. The authors persuasively argue that employing and defending against sophisticated digital technology is the primary challenge facing U.S. intelligence in the 21st century. Their position invites challenge, but it cannot be dismissed. 32 pages of photos, over 100 b&w illus. throughout. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
Who's spying on you? And how are they doing it?

Spycraft offers an unprecedented look at the CIA's most secretive operations and the devices that made them possible.  

Written by the former director of the CIA's Office of Technical Service, Robert Wallace (a real-life Q, straight out of the James Bond films), and internationally renowned intelligence historian H. Keith Melton, Spycraft reveals how the CIA carries out its life-and-death missions against a backdrop of geopolitical tensions - including the Cold War, the Cuben Missile Crisis, and the War on Terror. 

More relevant than ever - given the news about Edward Snowden and the NSA, concerns about privacy rights, organizations like Julian Assange's WikiLeaks, and popular entertainment like The Americans and Homeland - Spycraft is an important and revealing primer on the fundamentals of high-tech espionage.  

 

"Synopsis" by ,
In this the first book ever written about the CIA's Office of Technical Service, former director Robert Wallace (a real-life Q, straight out of the James Bond films) and internationally renowned intelligence historian H. Keith Melton offer an unprecedented look at the CIA's most secretive operations and the devices that made them possible. Against a backdrop of geopolitical tensions- including the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the current War on Terror-the authors show how the CIA carries out its missions employing amazingly inventive tools. Illustrated with images never before seen by the public-and featuring everything from micro cameras to wired kitties to exploding pancakes-Spycraft is both a fantastic encyclopedia of gadgetry and a revealing primer on the fundamentals of high-tech espionage.

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