Carl, Leo D. The CIA Insider's Dictionary of U.S. and Foreign Intelligence, Counterintelligence and Tradecraft. Washington, DC: NIBC Press, 1996.
Surveillant 4.4/5 says there are "more than 10,000 terms, names, acronyms and concepts used by and in the international intelligence community" in this work.
Carl, Leo D. The CIA Insider's Dictionary of U.S. and Foreign Intelligence, Counterintelligence and Tradecraft. Digital form. McLean, VA: Maven Books, 1994.
NMIA Newsletter 9.1 notes that this version of Carl's dictionary "sticks to intelligence. It has 8,477 entries and is current up through the recent arrest of accused CIA spy, Aldrich Ames." The same review, signed by John Macartney, is carried in Intelligencer 5.1 (Spring 1994). For Surveillant 4.1, this "is an essential dictionary ... with a superb selection of terms from his larger database dictionary.... Carl has done ... the closest we have seen to a comprehensive listing of all the important terms" in the fields of intelligence and counterintelligence. The "computerised format makes the work all the more useful. Searching is instantaneous.... This is highly recommended."
Carl, Leo D. The International Dictionary of Intelligence. McLean, VA: Maven Books, 1990.
Peake, IJI&C 5.4, headlines his review "Some Disturbing Definitions: Caveat Emptor," and comments that there "are sufficient errors to cast doubt on The International Dictionary of Intelligence as a reliable source of definitions of intelligence terms." See Carl's response to Peake's review: Leo D. Carl, "Reader's Forum," IJI&C 6.3. See also Peake's response to Carl's response: Hayden B. Peake, "Reader's Forum," IJI&C 6.4.
Surveillant 2.4 calls Carl's dictionary a "useful research tool, although some of the definitions are idiosyncratic." In a comment years after its publication, Peake, Studies 51.1 (Mar. 2007), refers to this dictionary as "a semantic catastrophe." Even the second edition "managed to retain many of the deluded formulations found in the first."
Carl, Leo D.
1. The International Dictionary of Intelligence. Updated, digital version. McLean, VA: Maven Books, 1992.
According to Surveillant 2.6, this version of Carl's dictionary "contains over 15,500 listings.... The original 1990 printed edition contained only 6,794 words.... [K]eep in mind that such a large undertaking by one man is not without a higher percentage of errors or biased definitions."
2. The International Dictionary of Intelligence. 2d ed., digital version. McLean, VA: Maven Books, 1992.
NMIA Newsletter 9.1: This version is "updated through 1993 with some 16,466 alphabetical entries.... [S]ources are not cited for most entries in Leo Carl's dictionaries.... Aside from official definitions, for most entries, one cannot tell where, specifically, Mr. Carl got his material. Nor can it be checked." The dictionary "has been rather controversial." Nonetheless, it gives the user access to "quick, very handy, and generally reliable references." The same review, signed by John Macartney, is carried in Intelligencer 5.1 (Spring 1994).
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