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Codevilla, Angelo. "The Arrogance of the Clerks." National Review, 4 Nov. 1991, 38-40.

The author attacks what he sees as the ideologically liberal tendencies of the CIA's Directorate of Intelligence (which, in his view, date back to OSS' Research and Analysis branch), and links those tendencies to the criticisms directed by CIA analysts at Robert Gates during his confirmation hearings.


Codevilla, Angelo. "The CIA's Identity Crisis." The American Enterprise, Jan.-Feb. 1992, 29-37.


Codevilla, Angelo. "The C.I.A., Losing Its Smarts." New York Times, 13 Feb. 1993, 21.


Codevilla, Angelo. "Covert Action and Foreign Policy." In Intelligence Requirements for the 1980s: Covert Action, ed. Roy Godson, 79-104. Washington, DC: National Strategy Information Center, 1981.

[CA/80s; GenPostwar/Issues/Policy]

Codevilla, Angelo. "Ignorance vs. Intelligence." Commentary 83, no. 5 (1987): 76-80.

Peterson: "Critical review" of Burrows' Deep Black.


Codevilla, Angelo. Informing Statecraft: Intelligence for a New Century. New York: The Free Press, 1992.

Clark comment: Codevilla returns us to many of the positions advocated by the Reagan Administration's "transition team" of late 1980-early 1981. That group's right-wing views did not carry the day then, and I fail to find the overall thrust of Codevilla's arguments any more persuasive now that the Soviet Union is no longer the center of attention of U.S. national security policy. Nevertheless, Informing Statecraft does go far in identifying many of the issues that will be discussed -- and some acted upon -- in the years to come. Whether you agree with Codevilla's criticisms and "solutions" is not the point; the book is still important in the discussion of what intelligence is and needs to be in the future.

Campbell, AIJ 14.2/3, says Codevilla "finds the Agency's performance over the years to be marred by serious mistakes, both analytic and operational." Allen, DIJ 1.2, views this "outstanding book [as] the next major installment ... in the formulation of a concept of strategic intelligence." According to Rich, FILS 12.3, Informing Statecraft is "both a critique of American intelligence as it is today and an exhaustive guide to principles for intelligence policymakers in the future." Codevilla is "thoroughly up-to-date" in his sources, but is "unconvincing ... when he attempts to lay some blame" for the state of intelligence affairs "on 'the CIA's American Liberal culture.'"

In his review, Glynn, Commentary, Dec. 1992, concludes that "[t]he value of Codevilla's account is to connect the CIA's chronic failures ... with its corporate or bureaucratic culture.... Where the book is weaker is in regard to ... comprehensiveness[] and applicability to the future." Lowenthal also notes that Codevilla is "[s]tronger on criticisms than on possible solutions."

While basically pleased that American intelligence is being criticized, the NameBase reviewer seems unhappy with why those criticisms are being made: "Codevilla ... presents the conservative argument for major reform of the U.S. intelligence community. It's not because he has ethical objections to spying or covert action.... It's just that the taxpayers are not getting much more than incompetence and a self-serving bureaucracy for their $31 billion per year.... Over half of this budget figure is for expensive snooper satellites, many of which are focused so narrowly that they produce little that's useful."

The quality of a review in Economist, 6 Jun. 1992, is illustrated by the following example of complete ignorance of U.S. intelligence: "[I]t was only when John Walker's wife told the CIA that her husband was a spy that the agency realised that its naval codes had been read as clearly as if written in Russian." The CIA naval codes?

Wirtz, IJI&C 10.2, refers to Codevilla's "finely crafted and scholarly argument," but also finds Codevilla inconsistent in the manner in which he criticizes both American efforts at clandestine collection when they are discovered and American security when similar foreign activities are discovered. In addition, the author's "effort to interpret dozens of well-known incidents in U.S. intelligence folklore from an ultra-conservative perspective[] detracts from his presentation."

[Overviews/U.S./90s; Reform/90s]

Codevilla, Angelo. "The Substance and the Rules." Washington Quarterly 6, no. 3 (1983): 32-37.

Codevilla, Angelo, Irwin Cotler, Alan Dershowitz, and Kenneth Lasson. "Justice and Jonathan Pollard." Washington Post, 2 Jan. 1999, A19.

The authors respond to the Studeman, et. al., Op-Ed piece of 12 December 1998. Their argument is that Pollard is "a victim of a monumental miscarriage of justice.... There is ample evidence that Pollard is being punished for a crime he didn't commit and is being disproportionately punished for the one he did.... The president should correct this longstanding miscarriage of justice."

Clark comment: I cannot help but wonder what sort of mental gymnastics brought the archconservative Codevilla (for example, see his critique of "the CIA's American Liberal culture" in Informing Statecraft: Intelligence for a New Century (1992)) to the defense of a man who sold the secrets of the country to which he morally and legally owed his allegiance to another country. As the Cheshire cat said....


Coffey, Timothy, and John A. Montgomery. "The Emergence of Mini UAVs for Military Applications." Defense Horizons 22 (Dec. 2002): 1-8.

"Mini UAVs [defined here as vehicles with wingspans from 6 inches to 10 feet and that fly 20-50 miles an hour] have substantial limitations, but the low radar cross section, low infrared signature, low acoustic signature, and birdlike appearance of these vehicles, combined with the remarkable capabilities of miniturized payloads, make them contenders for certain missions and potential valuable tactical assets."


Coffin, Harold W. Assignment in Military Intelligence. Old Town, ME: Penobscot Press, 1972.

Petersen: "Counterintelligence in the Maine area."


Coffman, Richard. "Is U.S. Intelligence Headed in the Wrong Direction?" U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings 130, no. 12 (Dec. 2004): 2.

"The 9/11 Commission's misguided intelligence recommendations and election-year pressures in a divided nation have intimidated politicians into supporting ill-conceived but politically popular measures." Clark comment: Well said!


Cogan, Charles.

Coghlan, Tom, Zahid Hussain, and Jeremy Page. "Secrecy and Denial as Pakistan Lets CIA Use Airbase to Strike Militants." Times (London), 17 Feb. 2009. []

A Times investigation has found that the "CIA is secretly using" Shamsi airfield "in southern Pakistan to launch the Predator drones that observe and attack al-Qaeda and Taleban militants on the Pakistani side of the border with Afghanistan.... Key to the Times investigation is the unexplained delivery of 730,000 gallons of F34 [JP8] aviation fuel to Shamsi. Details were found on the website of the Pentagon's fuel procurement agency."

[CIA/00s/09; MI/Ops/00s/Afgh; OtherCountries/Pakistan]

Cohan, Leon, Jr. "Intelligence and Vietnam." Marine Corps Gazette, Feb. 1966, 47-49. [Petersen]




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