Overview for Silent Warfare: Understanding the World of Inteligence
Silent Warfare has its origin in a course on intelligence that Mr. Shusky taught in `1985 as a visiting professor at the University of Chicagoâ€™s John M. Olin Center for Inquiry into the Theory and Practice of democracy. The book was never intended to be an account of a particular countryâ€™s intelligence activities in a particular period in history. While many of the examples found in the book are drawn from the British and American intelligence experiences, they are generally employed to make broader points about basic concepts and issues involved in the practice of intelligence of a new strategic era, and the rise of the â€œinformation ageâ€ will, of course, change intelligence practices and requirements to some degree. However, a key thesis of the book is that intelligence in inherently connected to the competition among nations and that absent something akin to Kantâ€™s state of â€œPerpetual peace,â€ intelligence will, like diplomacy and military force, remain a regular tool for the citizen and serious student to understand the developments in the craft of intelligence, their interactions, and the tensions and relationships between these secret activities and the democratic government and society they are intended to serve.
Gary.J. Schmitt (Author)
Gary.J. Schmitt is president of the Project for the New American Century, a Washington-based think tank specializing in national security affairs. He has served as executive director of the Presidentâ€™s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board and as minority staff director Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He has also been a consultant t the Department of Defense. Dr. Schmitt has written extensively on national security affairs and American government.
Abram N. Shulsky (Author)
Abram N. Shulsky was a senior fellow at the National Fellow at the national Strategy InformationCentre (NSIC) in Washington, D.C., when he wrote Silent Warfare. At present, he is a consultant on national security affairs, working in Washington. Previously, he was a member of Secretary of Defense. In addition, he has held the positions of director of strategic arms control policy in the Pentagon and of Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He has also been a consultant to the Presidentâ€™s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board and the acting representative of the Secretary of defense at the U.S.-USSR Nuclear and Space talks in Geneva. Dr. Shulky is the author of several articles on Intelligence and related national security matters.