Robert D'A. Henderson


Henderson, Robert D'A. Brassey's International Intelligence Yearbook. Washington, DC: Brassey's, 2002.

From advertisement: "This is the first comprehensive reference guide to national intelligence communities worldwide. [It] includes detailed profiles of the intelligence communities in over sixty countries, as well as briefings on smaller players in the intelligence arena.... Each country profile covers the foreign, domestic, military, and technical intelligence branches and many entries include organizational charts."

Calder, IJI&C 15.3, finds that this "exceptionally well crafted" book "blends a collection of country studies and briefings with summaries of associated national and police intelligence services.... Henderson's fine work answers questions for which no handy source has been available."

[Overviews/Gen/00s; RefMats/Guides]

Henderson, Robert D'A. "The Clandestine Armed Struggle for South Africa 1961-1990: Two Competing Histories." Conflict Quarterly 13, no. 1 (Winter 1993), 68-76.


Henderson, Robert D'A.

1. "De Klerk and 'Law and Order' in South Africa." Commentary 5 (Aug. 1990): 1-8.

2. "De Klerk's Relationship with the South African Intelligence." Commentary 15 (Nov. 1991): 1-8.


Henderson, Robert D'A. "Future of Ex-Eastern Bloc Intelligence Personnel." Commentary 4 (Jul. 1990): 1-7.

Henderson discusses the "options for those intelligence officers who have specialized skills in information collection, analysis, and asset protection and in clandestine operations skills, when their services are dismantled."


Henderson, Robert D'A. "Intelligence Needs of Newly Industrializing Countries in the 1990s." Commentary 19 (Mar. 1992): 1-7.

"There is a growing perception in the Third World developing countries ... that their national survival depends on advanced technologies and international commercial data to increase their economic capacity and competitiveness.... Where access to sought-after technology has been restricted, the technology dependent -- or the technology-lacking -- countries have reverted to clandestine means."


Henderson, Robert D'A. "Operation Vula Against Apartheid." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 10, no. 4 (Winter 1997-1998): 418-455.

Operation Vula was an ambitious ANC plan for a general insurrection in South Africa. It was discovered by South African security in July 1990, but had been in operation for almost two years prior to that. In this article, Henderson traces the origins, participants, and activities of the operation.


Henderson, Robert D'A. "'Project Rodriguista': Opposing Pinochet's Regime in Chile." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 13, no. 4 (Winter 2000): 438-489.

"[T]he Soviet leadership supported the launch of a clandestine 'Project Rodriguista'" by the Chilean Communist Party (PCCh) "to enable it to pursue an underground armed struggle against the Pinochet regime during the early 1980s."

[LA/Chile; Russia/To89]

Henderson, Robert D'A. "Review and Commentary: Reforming Japanese Intelligence." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 10, no. 2 (Summer 1997): 227-238.

This is an excellent brief review of the current state of Japanese intelligence. The author finds that "[t]he Japanese government currently has three principal intelligence assessment agencies, two of which have intelligence gathering capabilities.... The principal agency for compiling intelligence assessments on foreign affairs and domestic threats for cabinet decisionmakers is the Cabinet Information Research Office ... [which has] no intelligence gathering capacity.... The second intelligence assessment organization is the Public Security Investigation Agency ... [which] is responsible for surveillance and countering of internal security threats.... The third element of Japan's intelligence community is the Japanese Defense Agency (JDA) which is responsible for military intelligence, SIGINT and electronic intelligence collection, and code deciphering." (pp. 233-235)


Henderson, Robert D'A.

The author argues that "de Klerk's control over his 'inherited' intelligence and security community ... was intrinsically weak from the beginning." Items covered include the intelligence and security structure inherited from Botha, the embarrassing intelligence hoax in Namibia, de Klerk's structural changes, and diagrams of the South African security and intelligence community as of 1 March 1993. After the April 1994 elections, "Mandela gave all the security portfolios to his ANC ministers.... Presumably, responsibility for the National Intelligence Service will remain under the Office of the President."

2. "South African Intelligence Transition from De Klerk to Mandela: An Update." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 8, no. 4 (Winter 1995): 471-485.


Henderson, Robert D'A. "Transforming KMT Intelligence on Taiwan." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 15, no. 2 (Summer 2002): 275-288.

Ostensibly a review article, this is an excellent, short overview of the relationship between politics and security in KMT-controlled Taiwan.


Henderson, Robert D'A. "Washington's Debate on Terrorism." International Perspectives (Ottawa), Sep.-Oct. 1986: 17-19.

The focus here is the U.S. air raids against Libya in April 1986 in response to Libyan support of the terrorist bombing of a disco in West Berlin. The author concludes that the use of force in this instance "is unlikely to deter substantially future terrorist activities by individual radical or religious groups within the Middle East.... But those states that have in the past sponsored such terrorist activities may be deterred to the extent of reducing their support for them -- in the short run at least."


  Henderson, Robert D'A., and Frederick P. Hitz. Intelligence Sharing between Canada and the United States: A Matter of National Survival. Washington, DC: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, One Issue, Two Voices Series, No. 6, Jan. 2007). Available at

Henderson, "We Need to Continue Bilateral Intelligence Cooperation -- but Carefully"; Hitz, "Tighten Up the Terms of Cooperation -- Don't End It!."


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