Category Archives: Intelligence

“Tribal spies in Syria help U.S. win drone war against Islamic State” – TTG

While Islamic State is a shadow of the group that ruled over a third of Syria and Iraq in a Caliphate declared in 2014, hundreds of fighters are still camped in desolate areas where neither the US-led coalition nor the … Continue reading

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“Intelligence pukes”

I am writing this without consulting TTG, an esteemed colleague and friend. This piece is going to seem a bit self-pitying, and he is not the type for that. I transferred to MI branch (insignia above) after serving in the … Continue reading

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” … Ukraine ‘Potentially Winning Decisively’ Over Russia.”

“…  lately, the Ukrainians have been very successful in fighting back and counter attacking and part of that is because of the arrival of advanced weapons from the United States and NATO so that they are outclassing the Russians in … Continue reading

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Why would Russia want this man returned?

“Russia called the Thai court decision in 2010 politically motivated.[68][69] Its Foreign Ministry took steps to prevent Bout being extradited to the U.S.;[27] Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov suggested that Bout was innocent.[27] On 18 November 2010, shortly after Bout’s extradition to the United States, former … Continue reading

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The Human Factor: The Phenomenon of Espionage

by W. Patrick Lang ­­June 2022 — The just released second edition of Col. Lang’s classic work on the art of human intelligence is now available to order from Amazon or iUniverse.  Publisher’s Weekly’s Booklife calls The Human Factor, “A … Continue reading

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How did we miss that? – TTG

A heated exchange between Senator King and DIA Director General Berrier on whether the intel community failed to predict/understand Ukraine’s will to fight.  Berrier: “there was never an intelligence community assessment that said the Ukrainians lack the will to fight.” … Continue reading

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Ukrainian targeting is remarkably precise.

  The Ukrainian military said Saturday it destroyed a Russian command post in Kherson, a southern city that fell to Russian forces early in the war. The Ukrainian military intelligence agency posted a statement saying the command post was hit … Continue reading

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The worst spy recruiter in the world – TTG

“Slovak prosecutors have charged four people with accepting thousands of euros from Russian spies posing as diplomats in exchange for spying on NATO activity with a specific emphasis on the war in Ukraine. The charges were issued on Tuesday to … Continue reading

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“The Human Factor: the phenomenon of espionage”

“This succinct no-nonsense primer on the business of espionage looks at the history of human intelligence gathering, known as HUMINT, from the Revolutionary War to the present. Extremely well-written, it is equally valuable for training case officers and intelligence analysts … Continue reading

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Lang’s rules for intelligence analysis

Epistemology: 1-Duck Rule: If it walks like a duck, squawks like a duck and has feathers, it probably is a duck. 2 – Sherlock’s Rule: When considering a problem, remove everything from consideration which seems untrue. What is left is … Continue reading

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