Meo - Mer


Meo, L.D. Japan's Radio War on Australia, 1941-1945. Carlton, Victoria: Melbourne University Press, 1968. [Winkler]

[WWII/FEPac/Australia & Japan; WWII/PsyWar]

Mercado, Stephen C.

Mercier-Bernadet, Fabienne, ed. 1939-1945: La Guerre des Intelligences. [1939-1945: The Intelligence War] Panazol: LaVauzelle, 2002. [Kahn, I&NS 23.2 (Apr. 2008)]


Merillat, Herbert C. "The 'Ultra Weapon' at Guadalcanal." Marine Corps Gazette 66 (Sep. 1982), 44-49.

According to Sexton, the author argues that "U.S. forces might have been defeated had it not been for Sigint."


Merkel, James F. "Deceptive Maneuver." Armor 98 (Sep.-Oct. 1988): 18-22. [Seymour]


Merkle, Janet Hill. "Policy Bias." Studies in Intelligence 7, no. 1 (Winter 1963): 55-69.

The author, a "newcomer" to the world of intelligence, examines Community, CIA, and State publications concerning the situation in Portuguese Angola between 1959 and 1962 for signs of a loss of objectivity.


Merle, Renae. "Army Ends Lockheed Contract for New Spy Plane." Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2006, A8. []

On 12 January 2006, the U.S. Army "canceled its contract" with Lockheed Martin Corp. for a new spy plane, known as the Aerial Common Sensor. The program had "developed technical problems that military officials determined were too expensive to fix." Claude M. Bolton, the Army's acquisition chief, said in a letter to Congress that the Army "would open a new competition for the plane in 2009.... The planes that the Aerial Common Sensor was to replace, the Army's Guardrail Common Sensor and Airborne Reconnaissance Low and the Navy's EP-3E, will continue to operate."


Merle, Renae. "Boeing Satellite Project Criticized: Funding, Delays Concern Panel." Washington Post, 6 Sep. 2003, E1. []

A report by the Pentagon's Defense Science Board says that Boeing's Future Imagery Architecture (FIA) "project to develop the next generation of spy satellites has been significantly underfunded and has suffered from technical shortcomings." The program "can be 'mitigated sufficiently' to permit" it to continue, "but was 'not executable' as it existed before recent changes."

Spokesman Art Haubold said that the NRO "has already addressed many of the concerns raised by the report.... About $4 billion was added to the program in January to initiate changes, including new deadlines and more testing of technology....

"Another program spotlighted by the report, Lockheed Martin's Space Based Infrared-High satellite program [SBIRS], which will act as an early warning system for incoming missiles, 'could be considered a case study for how not to execute a space program,' the report said. The program lacks experienced personnel and has counted on unproven approaches because they promised cost savings, the report said."

See Defense Science Board/Air Force Scientific Advisory Board Joint Task Force, Acquisition of National Security Space Programs (Washington, DC: Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, May 2003).

[MI/Space; Recon/Sats/Arts]

Merli, Frank J. David M. Fahey, ed. The Alabama, British Neutrality, and the American Civil War. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004.

From publisher: "At the request of Merli’s widow, David M. Fahey has edited this volume for publication. It offers a spirited critique of the way historians have presented the international dimension of the American Civil War. The book offers a fresh account of the escape of the CSS Alabama from British territorial waters in 1862, the decision of its captain, Raphael Semmes, to fight a Union gunboat off the coast of France in 1864, and the curious story of a British-built Chinese flotilla that could have become a small Confederate fleet had negotiations with the Chinese not broken down."

For reviews see Alvin, H-CivWar, H-Net Reviews, Nov., 2006, at:; and Weddle, The Journal of Military History 70.4 (Oct. 2006).


Merlin, Peter W. Mach 3+: NASA/USAF YF-12 Flight Research, 1969-1979. Monographs on Aerospace History No. 25. Washington, DC: NASA History Division, 2002.

Chilstrom, Air & Space Power Journal 17.4, finds this to be a "well-illustrated and detailed book on NASA's flight testing of the YF-12" varient of the A-12. Merlin "cites recently declassified documents and makes good use of personal interviews with key figures in the program's history."


Merom, Gil. "The 1962 Cuban Intelligence Estimate: A Methodological Perspective." Intelligence and National Security 14, no. 3 (Autumn 1999): 48-80.

The author argues that "positive evaluations of the intelligence performance," specifically with regard to SNIE 85-3-62, "are misplaced.... [T]he American intelligence failure in the Cuban case [can be explained] in terms of a lack of commitment to fundamental methodological principles of investigation and analysis." Raymond A Garthoff, "A Commentary on Merom's Methodology," Intelligence and National Security 15, no. 3 (Autumn 2000): 146-153, finds that "[m]any aspects of the discussion are distorted by the author's fitting data into a Procrustean bed" of two alleged and competing theories in the intelligence community -- "conservative" and "revolutionary."


Merom, Gil. "Virtue, Expediency and the CIA's Institutional Trap." Intelligence and National Security 7, no. 2 (Apr. 1992): 30-52.

The author rejects both an exceptional American virtue and an out-of-control CIA as explanations for the attacks on the CIA in the 1960s and 1970s. Instead, he argues that "institutional and individual interests" were the driving force behind the attacks.... The argument here is that the CIA was merely a political football rather than a target in and of itself. In essence, the attacks on the CIA, "which were to a large extent a Congressional phenomenon," took place "because it was the vulnerable link in the power structure of the Imperial Presidency."


Merrill, Dennis, ed. The Documentary History of the Truman Presidency. Vol. 23, The Central Intelligence Agency: Its Founding and the Dispute over Its Mission, 1945-1954. Bethesda, MD: University Publications of America, 1998.

From advertisement: "The volumes of The Documentary History of the Truman Presidency are a selection of topical documentary collections at the Truman Library ... [and] consist primarily of documents from the President's Secretary's [Rose A. Conway] Files, the White House Central Files, and numerous donated manuscript collections.... Volume 23 traces the postwar demand for accurate intelligence, development of a peacetime intelligence system, the congressional fight over national security legislation, personalities, and the promulgation and implementation of the Presient's concept of a central intelligence authority."



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