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Cassara, John A. Hide and Seek: Intelligence, Law Enforcement, and the Stalled War on Terrorist Finance. Washington, DC: Potomac Books, 2006.

Peake, Studies 50.4 (2006) and Intelligencer 15.2 (Fall-Winter 2006-2007), notes that the author is a veteran of the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). However, "the book is not as helpful as it might have been," since Cassara basically has listed "well-known problems without providing specific solutions."


Cassata, Donna. "Choice of Deutch To Head CIA Wins Qualified Praise." Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report, 18 Mar. 1995, 825-826.


Cassata, Donna. "Drive to Reform CIA Intensifies as Ames Case Fallout Worsens." Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report, 4 Nov. 1995, 3392.

"The explosive revelation that Aldrich H. Ames' treachery allowed sullied information from Cold War double agents to reach the top echelons of the U.S. government has left the congressional oversight committees even more determined to see far-reaching reforms at the CIA."


Cassata, Donna. "Experts: CIA Needs Reform But Not a 'Czar.'" Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report, 27 May 1995, 1517-1518.

Report on testimony of six former DCIs to HPSCI on 22 May 1995. Stansfield Turner was alone in supporting the idea of a national intelligence director. Others consulted by the committee have been Bobby Ray Inman, Richard Haass, William Odom, and Steven Aftergood.


Cassata, Donna. "House Backs Increased Budget for CIA, Other Spy Activity." Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report, 16 Sep. 1995, 2824-2825.

On 13 September 1995, the House passed the fiscal 1996 intelligence authorization bill. House members noted that the bill "gives 5 percent more than last year for the bulk of intelligence activities.... Based on last year's widely reported total of $28 billion, the House-passed bill is close to $30 billion.... The legislation amounts to 1.3 percent more than President Clinton requested and would mark only the second time in eight years that intelligence spending has increased."


Cassata, Donna. "Members Fear Fiscal Crackdown May Sap Spy Agency." Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report, 25 Nov. 1995, 3604-3605.

The NRO's "recent much-publicized travails [August 1994 building flap and September 1995 $1 billion in unspent funds] have created an opening for voracious lawmakers looking to slap the NRO's fiscal hand." As a result of cutting the NRO's 1996 budget, "Congress may face the unenviable task of choosing between canceling NRO satellite projects or finding significant sums of money to replenish the agency's coffers."


Cassata, Donna. "New CIA Staff Chosen to Ease Strained Relations With Hill." Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report, 20 May 1995, 1441.

On 15 May 1995, DCI John Deutch announced senior personnel changes at the CIA. He will recommend to the President the nomination of George J. Tenet as DDCI. Nora Slatkin will be CIA executive director. Deutch has asked a "selection team" to come up with a list of candidates for the DDO position. All of those named are former Hill staff members with Democratic pedigrees; several are coming directly over from the Defense Department.


Cassata, Donna. "Panel Orders CIA to Explain Complacency in Ames Case." Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report, 3 Dec. 1994, 3455.

On 30 November 1994, the House intelligence committee issued a 79-page report critical of both the CIA and FBI in the handling of the Aldrich Ames spy case. The House report "is less harsh than the Senate report in its assessment of Woolsey's directorship, faulting him for giving senior officials the benefit of the doubt."


Cassata, Donna. "Spy Agency's $1 Billion Cache Draws Members Wrath." Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report, 30 Sep. 1995, 3019.

Includes note that the fiscal 1996 Defense appropriations bill "shows a cut of more than $900 million in two accounts long suspected of funding spy operations: Selected Activities and Special Programs for Air Force Procurement."


Cassata, Donna. "Spy Budget Cleared for Clinton; Plan for New Agency Curbed." Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report, 23 Dec. 1995, 3894-3895.

On 21 December 1995, the House and the Senate passed the fiscal 1996 intelligence authorization bill. "The bill reportedly authorizes about $28 billion." Among other items, the bill "would prohibit the CIA and Defense Department from using fiscal 1996 funds and previous year dollars to create the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) until Congress has a chance to review and comment on the plan."


With regard to Speaker Gingrich's desire to create a fund to overthrow the Iranian government, the final version provides "$2 million for traditional covert activities in Iran and $18 million in a conditional fund. The administration ... would determine how to spend the latter amount."


In a compromise on the smallsat issue, DCI Deutch will be allowed to "appoint a special panel that will recommend how to proceed in acquiring small satellites."


The measure allows the FBI to "obtain a court order to gain access to consumer credit reports and find the names and addresses of the financial institutions where an individual [under counterintelligence investigation] had an account."


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Cassidy, David C. J. Robert Oppenheimer and the American Century. New York: Pi Press, 2004.

Powers, NYRB 52.14 (22 Sep. 2005), calls this work "the best account of Oppenheimer's life in science.... The book's chief strength is the way it tracks Oppenheimer through the later years of the quantum revolution.... But Cassidy's grasp of Oppenheimer's character seems once removed, probably because few who knew him remain to be interviewed."


Cassidy, Michael S. [COL/USAF, Director of Operations/Headquarters/Air Intelligence Agency]. "SIGINT: An Important Part of Air Force Intelligence." American Intelligence Journal 15, no. 1 (Spring/Summer 1994): 20.

"Comprising 70 percent of our 16,000 person total strength, a great proportion of AIA's analytical expertise is vested in our enlisted troops." The author reports the 19 August 1993 "activation of the Medina Regional SIGINT Operations Center (RSOC) in San Antonio."


Cassidy, Robert M. "Back to the Street without Joy: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Vietnam and Other Small Wars." Parameters 36, no. 2 (Summer 2004): 73-83.

"[T]his article aims to distill some of the more relevant counterinsurgency lessons from the American military's experiences during Vietnam and before.... This analysis also offers a brief explanation of US military culture and the hitherto embedded cultural obstacles to learning how to fight guerrillas."

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Cassidy, Robert M. Counterinsurgency and the Global War on Terror: Military Culture and Irregular War. Westport, CT: Praeger, 2006.

Corum, JFQ 44 (1st quarter 2007), notes that the author "examines the problems that major powers face in dealing with modern counterinsurgency." He "provides three case studies as a base of analysis: the United States, Britain, and Russia." The reviewer finds that "Cassidy is on solid ground in his highly critical analysis of the U.S. military in its understanding of modern counterinsurgency." However, when he discusses "the cultures of militaries with which he does not have personal experience, the author is much weaker."

According to Flavin, Parameters 37.4 (Winter 2007-08), the author provides "the key historical studies, research papers, and policy initiatives that have shaped the United States and United Kingdom militaries' approach to counterinsurgency and stability operations, many of which have not been previously collected in a single source." Cassidy "emphasizes that the majority of successful operations have employed indigenous forces."


Cassidy, Robert M. "The British Army and Counterinsurgency: The Salience of Military Culture." Military Review 85 (May-Jun. 2005): 53-59.


Cassidy, William L., ed. History of the Schools and Training Branch, Office of Strategic Services. San Francisco, CA: Kingfisher, 1983.


Castagna, Michael J. "Virtual Intelligence: Reengineering Doctrine for the Information Age." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 10, no. 2 (Summer 1997): 180-195.

Thematically, this article proceeds along the following line: "The information revolution has created an information-rich environment that is the essential enabler of the transparent battlefield.... As a result, the information revolution will allow timely and accurate intelligence to become a substitute for a large standing military force."


Castaneda, Ruben. "Md. Man on Trial Over NSA Documents." Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2005, B5. []

Kenneth W. Ford, Jr., who worked as a computer expert at NSA, is on trial in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, Maryland, "on charges that he took national security documents without authorization. Ford is also accused of failing to inform a prospective private-sector employer, who required him to have a security clearance, that he was charged with taking the secret documents illegally."


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