George Friedman

Friedman, George. "Afghan Supplies, Russian Demands." New York Times, 4 Feb. 2009. []

The Op-Ed writer argues that the tenuous supply lines into Afghanistan means that the United States should "rely less on troops, and more on covert operations.... Covert operators are far more useful for the actual war that we are fighting.... The primary American interest in Afghanistan, after all, is preventing terrorist groups from using it as a base for training and planning major attacks.... What we need in Afghanistan is intelligence, and special operations forces and air power that can take advantage of that intelligence."


Friedman, George. America's Secret War: Inside the Hidden Worldwide Struggle Between America and Its Enemies. New York: Doubleday, 2004.

Peake, Studies 49.2 (2005), comments that "the author's weak grasp of how the Intelligence Community and its member agencies function" are among the flaws that "diminish the quality and value of the narrative." Worse, however, the work "cites not a single source and does not even provide a bibliography.... In short, this book is a 349-page op-ed piece."


Friedman, George. "The Intelligence War.", 17 Sep. 2001. [http://www.stratfor. com]

"Summary: Attention is turning to the need for an intense, covert war in which the American intelligence community will play a leading role. At the same time, there is a crisis of confidence concerning the ability of the intelligence community to wage that war. The most important and frequently neglected part of intelligence -- analysis -- thus far has received scant attention. Without increased resources and freedom directed toward the intelligence analyst, a quantum increase in operational effectiveness will not be possible."


Friedman, George. "Intel-Sharing a Snag for Coalition.", 21 Sep. 2001. [http://]

"Summary: The United States and Europe will comprise the core of an emerging global anti-terrorism coalition. But the highly sensitive nature of intelligence-gathering and the pursuit of national priorities will make for an uneasy transatlantic partnership. The result will be enhanced, but still limited, sharing of intelligence as the European Union and United States pursue their own priorities."


Friedman, George. "Is Intelligence Decisive in the Destiny of Nations?" Intelligencer 12, no. 1 (Summer 2001): 56-57.Originally published online on 26 Feb, 2001 at

"[D]o not mistake the intelligence-gathering apparatus with the nation.... [W]hat Hanssen and Ames should take to their graves is simply this: In the broadest sense, their treason achieved nothing. It just didn't matter." We won; they lost.


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