Desmond J. Ball

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Ball, Desmond J. Pine Gap: Australia and the U.S. Geostationary Signals Intelligence Satellite Program. Canberra: Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, 1988. Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 1988.

Cain, I&NS 6.1, says that Pine Gap "brings up to date the functions and purpose" of what Ball "declares to be the CIA's most important COMINT spy base outside the USA."

[Australia/Gen; Liaison]

Ball, Desmond J. "Signals Intelligence in India." Intelligence and National Security 10, no. 3 (Jul. 1995): 377-407.

Ball, Desmond J. Signals Intelligence in the Post-Cold War Era: Developments in the Asia-Pacific Region. Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 1993.

[Australia; NSA/Sigint]

Ball, Desmond J. Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) in South Asia: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka (Ceylon). Canberra: Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, 1996.

Ball, Desmond J. Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) in South Korea. Canberra: Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, 1995.

Ball, Desmond J. "Signals Intelligence in Taiwan." Jane's Intelligence Review, Nov. 1995, 506-510.


Ball, Desmond J. "Silent Witness: Australian Intelligence and East Timor." Pacific Review 114, no. 1 (2001): 35-62.


Ball, Desmond J. A Suitable Piece of Real Estate: American Intelligence in Australia. Sydney: Hale & Iremonger, 1980.

The focus here is on the U.S. satellite ground stations in Australia.

[Australia; Liaison]

Ball, Desmond, and David Horner. Breaking the Codes: Australia's KGB Spy Network, 1944-1950. St. Leonards, Australia: Allen & Unwin, 1998. Concord, MA: Paul & Co., 1998.

According to Peake, NWCR 53.3 and Intelligencer 11.2, this work "is primarily concerned with ten Australians who spied for Soviet intelligence.... The book also offers a short history of Australian intelligence, its World War II role (including naval intelligence and naval ULTRA), and its close links to Britain's Security Service (MI 5).... The book is well written and impressively documented with primary sources."

Kruh, Cryptologia 24.2, notes that the authors "cover a wide range of information including the success of the US cryptanalytic attack on VENONA." For Unsinger, IJI&C 14.1, this "is an excellent review" of the operations of the Comintern, KGB, and GRU in Australia from late in World War II to the beginning of the Korean War. Breaking the Codes provides "insight into Australia's reaction to Soviet intelligence operations" and "describes Australia's security establishment and some of the personalities who shaped its postwar development."

[Australia/Gen; SpyCases/U.S./Venona]

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