Feo - Fer


Ferguson, Harry. Operation Kronstadt: The Greatest True Tale of Espionage to Come out of the Early Years of MI6. London: Hutchinson, 2008. New York: Overlook, 2009.

Peake, Studies 53.3 (Sep. 2009) and Intelligencer 17.2 (Fall 2009), notes that Paul Dukes was the first MI6 officer to be knighted for his operational duties, while Augustus Agar From publisherreceived the Victoria Cross. The author's "lively narrative reveals how Dukes eventually escaped Russia and how Agar avoided capture. The book is well documented and [a] pleasure to read."

For Judd, Telegraph (London), 13 Jul. 2008, the author's account of both Dukes' and Agar's operations "is exciting and his enthusiasm ... is infectious." However, "the book is warped by two needless, self-imposed disabilities. Firstly,... he often slips into the thriller clichés of an earlier era.... Secondly, he seems to have chips on both shoulders about Cumming in person and MI6 in general. Almost every mention of either is disobliging or bitter, and sometimes plain wrong." See Dukes, The Story of "ST 25" (1938) and Agar, Footprints in the Sea (1959) and Baltic Episode (1963), for firsthand accounts of these events.


Ferguson, Harry. Spy, A Handbook. London: Bloomsbury, 2004.

Jensen, I&NS 19.4 (Winter 2004), suggests that this work "is rather better than one might expect of something created as part of the marketing strategy for a [BBC] television series." Although "there is a cetain artificiality to the book,... those seeking insight into what might be contained in a training program for prospective 'spies'" will find it "informative, at times amusing, and rather helpful."


Ferguson, Michael G. [CAPT/USMC] "The Internet: Our Enemy's Best Friend." Marine Corps Gazette (Jan. 1999), 48-50.

Expresses concern about the scope and nature of material available on the U.S. Marine Corps via the Internet, including extensive technical details accessible on the Marine Corps homepage ("Major advances in technology can be a dual-edged sword.").

[GenPostwar/InfoWar; MI/Marines/90s]

Ferguson, Niels, and Bruce Schneir. Practical Cryptography. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2003.

Kruh, Cryptologia 28.2, identifies the authors as "two of the world's top cryptologic experts.... [They] provide the first hands-on guide" to implementing cryptography and incorporating it into real-world systems.


Fergusson, Thomas G. British Military Intelligence, 1870-1914: The Development of a Modern Intelligence Organization. Frederick, MD: University Publications of America, 1984.

Pforzheimer: "This first scholarly history of a modern military intelligence department to be published in the United States is an excellent reference source, well annotated and indexed, with an extensive bibliography."

[UK/Historical; UK/Overviews/Military]

Fernandez, Hugo Artucio. The Nazi Underground in South America. New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1942.

Woolbert, FA (Jul. 1942), comments that the author, "with much industry and courage, has been instrumental in exposing the subversive activities of the Axis south of Panama. In this book he has collected a mass of information about those activities in each of the South American republics, though he fails to provide adequate documentation. He is naturally best informed about [Uruguay] and its neighbor, Argentina."


Ferreiro, Larrie D. "Spies versus Prizes: Technology Transfer between Navies in the Age of Trafalgar." Mariner's Mirror 93, no. 1 (2007): 16-27.


Ferrell, Robert H. "Pearl Harbor and the Revisionists." The Historian 17 (1955): 215-233. [Petersen]


Ferrell, Robert H., ed. Harry S. Truman and the Bomb: A Documentary History. Worland, WY: High Plains, 1996.

Giangreco, Parameters (Autumn 1999), notes that this collection of documents is a "useful, Internet-friendly compilation ... that, thanks to [the author's] extremely well-crafted headnotes and the brevity of the total package, will be of great value as a classroom tool."


Ferrell, William H., III [MAJ/USMC]. "No Shirt, No Shoes, No Status: Uniforms, Distinction, and Special Operations in International Armed Conflict." Military Law Review 178 (2003): 94-140.

The law of war (LOW) "delineates criteria that combatants must meet to gain prisoner of war (POW) status, and it obligates combatants to distinguish themselves from civilians. Further, the LOW limits the conduct that combatants can engage in while dressed in civilian clothing, violations of which may result in a loss of POW status as well as disciplinary action against the combatants and their superiors." [footnotes omitted]

[MI/SpecOps; Overviews/Legal/Topics/Military]

Ferris, John - A-M

Ferris, John - N-Z and with Others

Ferryman, Randy D. "The Unresolved Tension between Warriors and Journalists during the Civil War." Studies in Intelligence 58, no. 3 (Sep. 2014): 21-31.

"From the beginning of the war until its conclusion, the U.S. government and the northern press were unable to resolve several disputes over press disclosures and news controls.... As our forebears discovered during the Civil War, deciding where to draw the line without compromising competing constitutional values is a difficult and recurring debate."


Ferster, Warren. "NRO Spy Satellite Program Busts Budget: Critics Point to Mismanagement, Technical Problems." Space News, 14-20 Dec. 1998.

"Lockheed Martin Corp. has encountered major problems resulting in big cost overruns on the billion-dollar classified satellite contract it wrested from TRW Inc. after a 1994 award protest decision. Technical snags and ballooning government requirements have delayed the program and increased its costs by hundreds of millions of dollars.... Richard Oborn, a spokesman for the NRO, acknowledged that the program has had problems but said things now are under control."


Fesler, Mayo. "Secret Political Societies in the North during the Civil War." Indiana Magazine of History 14 (1918): 183-286.


Fessenden, Helen. "The Limits of Intelligence Reform." Foreign Affairs 84, no. 6 (Nov.-Dec. 2005): 106-120.

"As with any legislation, the success of the intelligence bill depends largely on its implementation. But in this case, the political momentum to build on initial gains is running out of steam just at the critical point... The streamlining of authority under the purview of the DNI was not matched ... in the legislative branch.... Virtually none of the 9/11 Commission's recommendations for Congress itself have been adopted.... [C]oncern is growing that Negroponte's office is simply another layer of bureaucracy over all agencies rather than a force that can push through necessary structural changes to streamline the intelligence community and foster more accountability."

[DNI/05; Reform/00s/05/Gen]

Fessler, Pamela (CQWR).

Fest, Joachim. Tr., Bruce Little. Plotting Hitler's Death: The Story of the German Resistance. New York: Holt, 1996.

Powers, NYRB, 9 Jan. 1997, says that Fest has written "an authoritative new account of the events leading to July 20," 1944. The author displays a "calm and assured command of the large cast of conspirators and of the complex unfolding of events."


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