Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror

Penguin Press #ad - I bear no grudges, or at least not many, but i do want this to be a straightforward and readable history for that slice of the American population who depend on and appreciate intelligence, but who do not have the time to master its many obscure characteristics. Penguin Press. He also had to ramp up the agency to support its role in the targeted killing program that began to dramatically increase in July 2008.

How did american intelligence respond to terrorism, hayden had to deal with the rendition, a major war and the most sweeping technological revolution in the last 500 years?  What was NSA before 9/11 and how did it change in its aftermath?  Why did NSA begin the controversial terrorist surveillance program that included the acquisition of domestic phone records? What else was set in motion during this period that formed the backdrop for the infamous Snowden revelations in 2013?     As Director of CIA in the last three years of the Bush administration, detention and interrogation program as bequeathed to him by his predecessors.

General hayden's goals are in writing this book are simple and unwavering: No apologies. An unprecedented high-level master narrative of america's intelligence wars, demonstrating in a time of new threats that espionage and the search for facts are essential to our democracy   For General Michael Hayden, playing to the edge means playing so close to the line that you get chalk dust on your cleats.

Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror #ad - And why. My view is my view, and others will certainly have different perspectives, but this view deserves to be told to create as complete a history as possible of these turbulent times. For 10 years, then, general michael Hayden was a participant in some of the most telling events in the annals of American national security.

No excuses.


The Assault on Intelligence: American National Security in an Age of Lies

Penguin Press #ad - There are fundamental changes afoot in the world and in this country. There will always be value to experience and expertise, but in this moment they seem more important, and a respect for ideas, and more endangered, devotion to facts, humility in the face of complexity, than they've ever been. A blistering critique of the forces threatening the american intelligence community, evidence, or logic, beginning with the President of the United States himself, in a time when that community's work has never been harder or more importantIn the face of a President who lobs accusations without facts, truth tellers are under attack.

Meanwhile, the world order is teetering on the brink. And we have a president in office who responds to overwhelming evidence from the intelligence community that the Russians are, by all acceptable standards of cyber conflict, in a state of outright war against us, not by leading a strong response, but by shooting the messenger.

The Assault on Intelligence: American National Security in an Age of Lies #ad - Many of the premises on which we have based our understanding of governance are now challenged, eroded, or simply gone. North korea is on the verge of having a nuclear weapon that could reach all of the United States, Russians have mastered a new form of information warfare that undercuts democracy, and the role of China in the global community remains unclear.

American intelligence--the ultimate truth teller--has a responsibility in a post-truth world beyond merely warning of external dangers, General Michael Hayden takes up that urgent work with profound passion, and in The Assault on Intelligence, insight and authority. It is a sobering vision.


Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence

Viking #ad - New york times bestsellerthe former director of national intelligence's candid and compelling account of the intelligence community's successes--and failures--in facing some of the greatest threats to AmericaWhen he stepped down in January 2017 as the fourth United States director of national intelligence, James Clapper had been President Obama's senior intelligence adviser for six and a half years, longer than his three predecessors combined.

He led the U. S. Election campaign. Intelligence community and, with the frankness and professionalism for which James Clapper is known, addresses some of the most difficult challenges in our nation's history. Intelligence community through a period that included the raid on Osama bin Laden, the leaks of Edward Snowden, the Benghazi attack, and Russia's influence operation during the 2016 U.

Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence #ad - S. Finally, it was living through russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and seeing how the foundations of American democracy were--and continue to be--undermined by a foreign power that led him to break with his instincts honed through more than five decades in the intelligence profession to share his inside experience.

Clapper considers such controversial questions as, is intelligence ethical? is it moral to intercept communications or to photograph closed societies from orbit? What are the limits of what we should be allowed to do? What protections should we give to the private citizens of the world, not to mention our fellow Americans? Are there times when intelligence officers can lose credibility as unbiased reporters of hard truths by inserting themselves into policy decisions?Facts and Fears offers a privileged look inside the U.

S. He describes, in the wake of snowden and WikiLeaks, his efforts to make intelligence more transparent and to push back against the suspicion that Americans' private lives are subject to surveillance.


Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War

Simon & Schuster #ad - A consistently eye-opening history. Not just a page-turner but consistently surprising. The new york times “a book that grips, informs, and alarms, finely researched and lucidly related. John le carré as cyber-attacks dominate front-page news, and as top generals warn of a coming cyber war, few books are more timely and enlightening than Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War, as hackers join terrorists on the list of global threats, by Slate columnist and Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Fred Kaplan.

Kaplan probes the inner corridors of the national security agency, and the national security debates in the White House, policymakers, to tell this never-before-told story of the officers, the beyond-top-secret cyber units in the Pentagon, the "information warfare" squads of the military services, scientists, and spies who devised this new form of warfare and who have been planning—and more often than people know fighting—these wars for decades.

Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War #ad - From the 1991 gulf war to conflicts in haiti, syria, and iran, dark Territory chronicles, the former Soviet republics, where cyber warfare played a significant role, in fascinating detail, Iraq, Serbia, a little-known past that shines an unsettling light on our future. Simon Schuster.


Intelligence; From Secrets to Policy 7th Edition

CQ Press #ad - In this seventh edition, lowenthal examines cyber space and the issues it presents to the intelligence community such as defining cyber as a new collection discipline; the implications of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s staff report on enhanced interrogation techniques; the rise of the Islamic State; and the issues surrounding the nuclear agreement with Iran.

Intelligence today such as domestic intelligence collection, whistleblowers vs. Simon Schuster. Lowenthal’s trusted guide is the go-to resource for understanding how the intelligence community’s history, structure, procedures, and functions affect policy decisions. Mark M. New sections have been added offering a brief summary of the major laws governing U.

Intelligence; From Secrets to Policy 7th Edition #ad - S. Leakers, and the growing field of financial intelligence.


The Great War of Our Time: The CIA's Fight Against Terrorism--From al Qa'ida to ISIS

Twelve #ad - Morell illuminates new, growing threats from terrorist groups that, if unaddressed, could leave the country vulnerable to attacks that would dwarf 9/11 in magnitude. Called the "bob gates of his generation" by Politico, Michael Morell was a top CIA officer who played a critical role in the most important counterterrorism events of the past two decades.

Simon Schuster. A superb intelligence analyst and briefer, where he uses his talents to offer an unblinking and insightful assessment of CIA's counterterrorism successes and failures of the past twenty years and, Morell now presents THE GREAT WAR OF OUR TIME, perhaps most important, shows readers that the threat of terrorism did not die with Bin Ladin in Abbottabad.

Morell was by president bush's side on 9/11/01 when terrorists struck America and in the White House Situation Room advising President Obama on 5/1/11 when America struck back-killing Usama bin Ladin. Along the way morell provides intimate portraits of the leadership styles of figures ranging from Presidents Bush and Obama, Panetta, CIA directors Tenet, and Brennan, Goss, Petraeus, Hayden, and a host of others.

The Great War of Our Time: The CIA's Fight Against Terrorism--From al Qa'ida to ISIS #ad - From the subway bombings in London to the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Morell always seemed to find himself on the cusp of history. New york times bestseller like see no evil and at the Center of the Storm, a life of secrets, this is a vivid and gripping account of the Central Intelligence Agency, and a war in the shadows.

He writes of secret, back-channel negotiations he conducted with foreign spymasters and regime leaders in a desperate attempt to secure a peaceful outcome to unrest launched during the "Arab Spring. Morell describes how efforts to throw off the shackles of oppression have too often resulted in broken nation states unable or unwilling to join the fight against terrorism.


Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War

Knopf #ad - From the former secretary of defense, a strikingly candid, vividly written account of his experience serving Presidents George W. But when he was asked to help a nation mired in two wars and to aid the troops doing the fighting, he answered what he felt was the call of duty. Gates received a call from the white house in 2006, he thought he’d left Washington politics behind: after working for six presidents in both the CIA and the National Security Council, he was happy in his role as president of Texas A&M University.

. Now, and often dissenting, the two presidents he served, he takes us behind the scenes of his nearly five years as a secretary at war: the battles with Congress, and the vast Pentagon bureaucracy; his efforts to help Bush turn the tide in Iraq; his role as a guiding, the military itself, meticulously fair in its assessments, in this unsparing memoir, voice for Obama; the ardent devotion to and love for American soldiers—his “heroes”—he developed on the job.

Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War #ad - And, searingly, to his increasing despair and anger, he shows how congressional debate and action or inaction on everything from equipment budgeting to troop withdrawals was often motivated, more by party politics and media impact than by members’ desires to protect our soldiers and ensure their success.

Soil, heartbreakingly aware that he signed every deployment order. In frank and poignant vignettes, Gates conveys the human cost of war, and his admiration for those brave enough to undertake it when necessary. He discusses the great controversies of his tenure—surges in both iraq and Afghanistan, ” Guantánamo Bay, “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,   how to deal with Iran and Syria, WikiLeaks—as they played out behind the television cameras.

Simon Schuster.


The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age

Crown #ad - The government was often paralyzed, utilities, unable to threaten the use of cyberweapons because America was so vulnerable to crippling attacks on its own networks of banks, and government agencies. Moving from the white house situation room to the dens of chinese government hackers to the boardrooms of Silicon Valley, New York Times national security correspondent David Sanger—who broke the story of Olympic Games in his previous book—reveals a world coming face-to-face with the perils of technological revolution.

. In 2015, russian hackers tunneled deep into the computer systems of the Democratic National Committee, and the subsequent leaks of the emails they stole may have changed the course of American democracy. Cheap to acquire, dictators, and usable for a variety of malicious purposes—from crippling infrastructure to sowing discord and doubt—cyber is now the weapon of choice for democracies, easy to deny, and terrorists.

Two presidents—bush and obama—drew first blood with operation olympic games, which used malicious code to blow up Iran’s nuclear centrifuges, during President Trump’s first year, and yet America proved remarkably unprepared when its own weapons were stolen from its arsenal and, turned back on the US and its allies.

Knopf Publishing Group. This was the culmination of a decade of escalating digital sabotage among the world’s powers, in which Americans became the collateral damage as China, North Korea, Iran, and Russia battled in cyberspace to undercut one another in daily just-short-of-war conflict. The perfect weapon is the startling inside story of how the rise of cyberweapons transformed geopolitics like nothing since the invention of the atomic bomb.

The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age #ad - But to see the dnc hacks as trump-centric is to miss the bigger, and the joint chiefs of Staff, the State Department, the Russians not only had broken into networks at the White House, more important story: Within that same year, but had placed implants in American electrical and nuclear plants that could give them the power to switch off vast swaths of the country.


Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace

Penguin Press #ad - His first career, beginning as an army intelligence officer and including a distinguished run as one of Congress’s most powerful and respected members,  lasted thirty-five years and culminated in his transformational role as Clinton’s budget czar and White House chief of staff. It is also a testament to a lost kind of political leadership, which favors progress and duty to country over partisanship.

And then, in the wake of bin Laden’s death, Panetta became the U. S. But in 2009, he accepted what many said was a thankless task: returning to public office as the director of the CIA, taking it from a state of turmoil after the Bush-era torture debates and moving it back to the vital center of America’s war against Al Qaeda,  including the campaign that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden.

Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace #ad - Knopf Publishing Group. He then “retired” to establish the panetta Institute with his wife of fifty years, Sylvia; to serve on the Iraq Study Group; and to protect his beloved California coastline. The inspiring and revelatory autobiography of the defense secretary and CIA director who led the intelligence war that killed Bin Laden,  among many important roles in a legendary careerIt could be said that Leon Panetta has had two of the most consequential careers of any American public servant in the past fifty years.

Throughout his career, panetta’s polestar has been his belief that a public servant’s real choice is between leadership or crisis. Panetta is a democrat who pushed for balanced budgets while also expanding care for the elderly and sick; a devout Catholic who opposes the death penalty but had to weigh every drone strike from 2009 through 2011.

Simon Schuster.


Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Penguin Press #ad - S. Deployed troops or provided aid to Afghanistan in an effort to flush out the Taliban and Al Qaeda, the U. S. With unsurpassed expertise, original research, and attention to detail, he brings to life a narrative at once vast and intricate, local and global, propulsive and painstaking. While the us was trying to quell extremists, the United States had been carrying out small-scale covert operations in Afghanistan, and seeking to legitimize the Taliban, when fifty-nine countries.

Today we know that the war in afghanistan would falter badly because of military hubris at the highest levels of the Pentagon, as Coll makes painfully clear, the drain on resources and provocation in the Muslim world caused by the U. S. Led invasion of Iraq, and corruption. This was a swirling and shadowy struggle of historic proportions, which endured over a decade and across both the Bush and Obama administrations, a litany of incongruous strategies and tactics, and dozens of players, involving multiple secret intelligence agencies, including some of the most prominent military and political figures.

Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan #ad - Winner of the 2018 national book critics circle award for nonfictionlonglisted for the 2018 national book award for nonfictionfrom the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Ghost Wars, although often in direct opposition,  the epic and enthralling story of America's intelligence, and diplomatic efforts to defeat Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan since 9/11Prior to 9/11, military, ostensibly in cooperation, the United States had been carrying out small-scale covert operations in Afghanistan, with I.

S. I. The pakistani intelligence agency.


Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know®

Oxford University Press #ad - Knopf Publishing Group. W. Militaries. Resuming the narrative of his pulitzer prize-winning ghost wars, bestselling author Steve Coll tells for the first time the epic and enthralling story of America's intelligence, military, and diplomatic efforts to defeat Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan since 9/11.

Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know® #ad - Prior to 9/11, a highly secretive and compartmentalized wing of i. S. I. Known as "directorate s, ostensibly in cooperation, " was covertly training, although often in direct opposition, in order to enlarge Pakistan's sphere of influence. The inspiring and revelatory autobiography of the defense secretary and CIA director who led the intelligence war that killed Bin Laden, among many important roles in a legendary career.

But more than anything, the war in Afghanistan was doomed because of the failure of the United States to apprehend the motivations and intentions of I. S. I. S "directorate S". After 9/11, arming, with I. S. I. The pakistani intelligence agency.