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Hoffer, Peter. "MI6 'Plan for Austria Guerrilla Campaign.'" Telegraph (London), 15 Apr. 1996. [http://www.telegraph.co.uk]

During the Cuban missile crisis, MI6 was prepared to parachute specialists into Austria to lead resistance to a Soviet invasion of the country. "[A]n alleged former British MI6 agent, Simon Preston, in an interview with the Vienna daily newspaper, Die Presse," has supplied details of the British plan. Against the eventuality of a Soviet invasion, "the British had set up 33 concealed arms and food depots in their former occupation zone which they left in 1955."


Hoffman, Bruce. "The Confluence of International and Domestic Terrorism." Terrorism and Political Violence 9, no. 2 (Summer 1997): 1-15.


Hoffman, Bruce. Inside Terrorism. New York: Columbia University Press, 1998. Rev. & expanded ed. New York: Columbia University Press, 2006.

Rose, FA 78.2 (Mar.-Apr. 1999), calls this work "a concise yet authoritative survey of trends in terrorism past and present." According to a publisher's note, the revised edition includes "updated coverage" on 9/11 and its aftermath and the Madrid and London bombings.

[Terrorism/90s/Gen & 00s/Gen]

Hoffman, Bruce. "Intelligence and Terrorism: Emerging Threats and New Security Challenges in the Post-Cold War Era." Intelligence and National Security 11, no. 2 (Apr. 1996): 207-223.

Recent terrorist incidents in France, Japan, the United States, and Saudi Arabia "shed light on the inherent difficulties in preventing and countering terrorism even when intelligence on likely potential operations exists." They also illuminate "two key trends in international terrorism today that are likely to make these challenges even more problematical in the future: the proliferation of terrorist groups motivated by a religious imperative; and - related to this - the overall diffusion of the terrorist threat by the increasing involvement of 'amateur' terrorists alongside their more easily identified 'professional' counterparts."


Hoffman, Bruce, and Christian Ostermann, eds. Moles, Defectors, and Deceptions: James Angleton and His Influence on U.S. Counterintelligence. Washington, DC: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 2014.

Peake, Studies 58.3 (Sep. 2014), judges this transcript from a 2012 seminar to be "the best assessment of James Angleton and his career ever produced."


Hoffman, Daniel M. "A Beltway Warrior Looks at Gulf War Intelligence." U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings 119.1 (Jan. 1993): 86-89.


Hoffman, Daniel M. [LT/USNR] "Naval Counterintelligence in the 90s: A Whole New Way of Doing Things." Naval Intelligence Professionals Quarterly 11, no. 1 (Winter 1995): 5-7.

This article deals with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and its Naval Counterintelligence and Force Protection role. The author notes the shift toward support to the warfighting commands and joint activities.


Hoffman, Daniel N. Governmental Secrecy and the Founding Fathers: A Study in Constitutional Controls. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1981.


Hoffman, David [Washington Post].

Hoffman, Frank G. Homeland Security: A Competitive Strategies Approach. Washington, DC: Center for Defense Information, 2002.

Wiggins, NWCR (Spring 2003), comments that the author "stays out of the tactical and operational level of the 'war' [on terrorism] and focuses on the strategic level and the planning cycle." Hoffman "offers a process to enhance U.S. capabilities through a simple 'course of action' analysis based on comparisons of known and perceived threats with strategies used by policy makers in recent history.... [He] provides valuable insights into the various strategies of homeland security that could be undertaken by the United States, making it clear that no single plan will suffice."


Hoffman, Frank G. "Neo-Classical Counterinsurgency?" Parameters 37, no. 2 (Summer 2007): 71-87.

"The newly issued Army/Marine counterinsurgency (COIN) manual ... is a product of our collective understanding of insurgency and ongoing experiences in Iraq. It is also the product of various schools of thought about modern insurgencies, including what can be called the classical school, based on the concepts of Mao and revolutionary warfare." This article seeks "to capture the impact and implications of the classical school on the new doctrine, as well as evaluate the final product."


Hoffman. Fred [COL/USAR]. "The Role of Intelligence in President Jimmy Carter's Troop Withdrawal Decisions." American Intelligence Journal 21, nos. 1 & 2 (Spring 2002): 57-60. Military Intelligence, Jan.-Mar. 2002.

"This case study demonstrates that even the most timely, accurate, and compelling intelligence information can be of limited value if policy-makers choose to ignore it.... An abundance of intelligence information on Korea was available to Jimmy Carter.... However, due to the combination of his leadership style, personality traits, outsider status, and innate distrust of the intelligence community, intelligence information played a minor role in his decision-making on the troop withdrawal issue."


Hoffman, George F. "The Tactical and Strategic Use of Attache Intelligence: The Spanish Civil War and the U.S. Army's Misguided Quest for a Modern Tank Doctrine." Journal of Military History 62, no. 1 (Jan. 1998): 101-133.

ProQuest: "Tank warfare in the Spanish Civil War, military analysis of those operations and doctrinal decisions made as a result of a defective analysis caused by a military cultural bias rooted in the traditional branch chief organization dominated by the combatant arms and controlled by the infantry are examined."


Hoffman, Jon T. "Legacy and Lessons of Operation Overlord." Marine Corps Gazette 78 (Jun. 1994): 68-72. [Seymour]


Hoffman, Lisa. "FBI Scandal Leaves CIA Gloating." Sun-Times (Chicago), 11 Mar. 2001. [http://www.suntimes.com]

"When CIA mole Aldrich Ames was unearthed in 1994, Congress and President Bill Clinton punished the spy agency by yanking its control over its own counterintelligence operations and giving it to the FBI.... Now the tables have turned. It's the FBI in the hot seat this time, embarrassed by its damaging failure to detect its own alleged Russian mole, 15-year FBI counterintelligence operative Robert Hanssen."


Hoffman, Mary-Louise. "CIA Vet Susan Gordon to Join NGA as Deputy Director." ExecutiveGov, 7 Nov. 2014. [http://www.executivegov.com]

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) announced on 6 November 2014 that "Susan Gordon, director at the CIA information operations center, has been appointed to serve as the next [NGA] deputy director." She "succeeds Mike Rodrigue, who will retire on Dec. 31."


Hoffman, Peter.

1. History of the German Resistance, 1933-1945. 3d ed. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1996.

Powers, NYRB, 9 Jan. 1997, refers to this work as "authoritative and still unsurpassed."

2. Stauffenberg: A Family History, 1905-1944. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996.

Elkes, I&NS 12.2, notes that "Hoffman's book concentrates in great detail on the individuals involved in the Resistance Movement and their motivations and intentions." See also Noel Annan's review in New York Review of Books, 6 Jun. 1996, 20-27.


Hoffman, Robert L. More than a Trial: The Struggle over Captain Dreyfus. New York: Free Press, 1980.


Hoffman, Tod. The Spy Within: Larry Chin and China's Penetration of the CIA. Hanover, NH: Steerforth, 2008.

Clark comment: When you peel away from this book the extravagant rhetoric and the over use of "he must have..." guesses at what an individual felt in a given situation, you have a decent feature article for the Sunday magazines of the New York Times or Washington Post. Admittedly, the straightforward recitation of what is known about the Chin spy case might not seem sufficiently exciting to warrant attention more than 20 years after the exposure of the "only known example of a Chinese penetration operation," (p. 143) so some bulking up of the story may have been necessary. From the thrust of his narrative, it seems clear that Hoffman received the bulk of his "inside" information from FBI-associated sources; probably as a consequence, there are some small errors of understanding when he touches on CIA-related matters. This is not a bad read; you simply must wade through too much extraneous stuff to get to the meat of the author's tale.

Goulden, Washington Times, 14 Dec. 2008, says that the author's expertise in Chinese counterintelligence "is obvious." This book is "a textbook read on how tenacious FBI agents put together bits and pieces of evidence to make an unbeatable court case." To Peake, Studies 52.4 (Dec. 2008), this "is a well-told story about a spy who beat the security system and couldn't resist telling the FBI how he did it." Brazil, Intelligencer 17.1 (Winter-Spring 2009), sees this as "a good read and an invaluable look at a major espionage case," although details that are "imagined" leave the reader wondering what is going on. See also Brazil's review in INS 25.3 (Jun. 2010).

For McGovern, McGill Daily, 3 Nov. 2008, the author "excels in painting an insightful picture of Chinese culture and history, the roots of which shaped their spies and their methods of gathering intelligence.... Hoffman is a skilled writer and definitely succeeds in producing a page-turner." Kappler, Gazette (Montreal), 13 Sep. 2008, finds that this "book tells us as much as we'll ever know about Larry Chin, probably. Yet it also illustrates the limitations of the genre -- which Hoffman admits in a preface: In real life, 'spies are ghosts' and 'the mystery is never absolutely resolved.' We're left wanting to know more about what drove Chin."


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