Ban - Baq

Ban Kah Choon. Absent History: The Untold Story of Special Operations Branch in Singapore, 1915-1942. Singapore: SNP Media Asia Pte Ltd., 2001.

Unsinger, IJI&C 15.3, views this as "overall a good book," even though the materials from which it is drawn were "limited." This is "a fine report on colonial intelligence in the interwar years."

[UK/Interwar/Gen & UK/WWII/FE/Pac]

Bancroft, Mary. Autobiography of a Spy. New York: Morrow, 1983.

Bancroft worked for Allen Dulles and the OSS station in Switzerland in World War II, and this work makes explicit that the two were also lovers. "[H]er most important work was with Hans Bernd Gisevius, a top officer of German military intelligence.... [H]er real job was to make sure he was not a double agent (she concluded he was not) and then to elicit and pass on the detailed information he supplied about the day-to-day shifts of power and strategy within the German Government." See Robert McG. Thomas, "Mary Bancroft Dead at 93; U.S. Spy in World War II," New York Times, 19 Jan. 1997.

Banerjee, Neela. "British Spies' Alleged Return to the Cold Is Unlikely to Chill Russia-West Ties." Wall Street Journal, 8 May 1996, A10.


Banfill, C.Y. "Military Intelligence and Command." Infantry Journal 62 (Feb. 1948): 28-30. [Petersen]


Banford, Harry C.

1. "Intelligence Communications in a Changing World." American Intelligence Journal 11, no. 3 (1990): 19-22.

2. and Paul L. High, Jr. "Intelligence Communications in the Age of Information Warfare." American Intelligence Journal 15, no. 2 (Autumn-Winter 1994): 52-57.

The focus here is on the work of the Intelligence and Communications Architecture (INCA) Project Office, where Banford served as Director from the mid-1980s until January 1995.


Banford, Harry C. "Meteoric Changes Forecast In Intelligence Processes." Signal, Jul. 1991, 89 ff.


Bani-Sadr, Abol Hassan. My Turn to Speak: Iran, the Revolution and Secret Deals with the U.S. Washington, DC: Brassey's (US), 1991.

Surveillant 1.5 finds Bani-Sadr's book "[o]f considerable intelligence interest." It "[e]xamines the storming of the embassy and the finding of many highly sensitive shredded and unshredded documents."

Bank, Aaron [COL/USA (Ret.)]. From OSS to Green Berets: The Birth of Special Forces. Novato, CA: Presidio, 1986. New York: Pocket Books, 1986. [pb]

On Bank, see Richard Goldstein, "Col. Aaron Bank, Who Was 'Father of Special Forces,' Dies at 101," New York Times, 6 Apr. 2004; and Dennis McLellan, "Aaron Bank, 101; OSS Officer Became 'Father of the Green Berets,'" Los Angeles Times, 2 Apr. 2004.


Bankier, David, ed. Secret Intelligence and the Holocaust: Collected Essays from the Colloquium at the City University of New York. New York: Enigma, 2006.

From publisher: "Includes a preface by David Bankier and an introductory essay by Gerhard L. Weinberg, along with the following international scholars of the Second World War and the Holocaust: David Alvarez, Shlomo Aronson, Peter R. Black, Richard Breitman, Hilary Earl, Tuvia Friling, Norman J.W. Goda, Robert Hanyok, Sébastien Laurent, Katrin Paehler, Stephen Tyas, and Piotr Wrobel."


Banks, C. Covert Action: An Instrument of Foreign Policy. Maxwell AFB, AL: Air Force War College, 1995.

Surveillant 4.2 identifies this as a "brief [19-page] introduction to covert action..., using open source information."


Banks, William C. "Counter Terrorism and the Law -- The Role of the Courts in Time of War: An Historical Overview." Intelligencer14, no. 1 (Winter-Spring 2004): 36-41.

"Over time and with varying degrees of conviction, the Courts have served as necessary counterweight to government overreaching in times of war.... [N]o other part of government is as equipped as the judiciary to anchor the nation to its core values during a storm."


Banks, William C. "Trolling for Terrorists: New Report Outlines Surveillance Authorities." National Security Law Report 22, no. 3 (May-Jun. 2000): 10-12.

The author discusses a February 2000 report from the DCI, the DIRNSA, and the Attorney General to Congress on the "legal standards employed by elements of the intelligence community in conducting signals intelligence activities, including electronic surveillance."


Banks, William C., and Peter Raven-Hansen. National Security Law and the Power of the Purse. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994. KF4651B36

From advertisement: "This study ... explores the history, mechanics, and scope of the power of the purse in national security, using Vietnam War appropriations and the Boland Amendments as case studies." Cohen, FA 73.6 (Nov.-Dec. 1993) says this book is "marred by ponderous and glutinous prose. If one has the patience to wade through it, this is a useful introduction."


Bansemer, John D. [LTCOL/USAF] Intelligence Reform: A Question of Balance. Cambridge, MA: Program on Information Resources Policy, Harvard University, 2005. Walker Paper No. 5. Maxwell Air Force Base, AL: Air University Press, 2006.

"This study explores three topics relevant to IC reform: (1) the 1986 Goldwater-Nichols Act and its applicability to the IC, (2) the common findings and recommendations of past attempts to reform the IC, and (3) the competing tensions in the IC that influence the pace and character of actual reform."


Ban Shigeo. Rikugun Noborito Kenkyujo no shinjitsu [The Truth About the Army Noborito Research Institute]. Tokyo: Fuyo Shobo Shuppan, 2001.

Mercado, Studies 46.4 (2002), finds that the late author, "a technician at the Japanese Army's 9th Technical Research Institute,... [has] put together a good account of the Noborito Research Institute. The book touches on the institute's background, offers a portrait of its founder,... and lists its areas of research and the products developed.... Noborito's main customers were the covert operatives trained at the Army's Nakano School and the counterintelligence officers of the Kempeitai..... One of [the] book's contributions is to further tie Noborito to the Japanese Army's infamous Unit 731, which participated in biomedical research." The reviewer concludes that this book is "a valuable resource for serious researchers."


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