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Ovendale, R. "Britain, the United States, and the Cold War in South-East Asia, 1949-1950." International Affairs 58, no. 3 (1982): 447-464.

[GenPostwar/CW; UK/Postwar/Gen]

Overstreet, Henry, and Bonaro Overstreet. The FBI in Our Open Society. New York: Norton, 1969.

Overton, David W. "The DI 10 Years after Reorganization." Studies in Intelligence 36, no. 5 (1992): 45-54.

The author uses October 1981 as the breakpoint between the "old DI" and the "new DI.," that is, a DI "reorganized along regional rather than functional lines.... In hindsight, it is hard to imagine that the challenging situations we were forced to deal with in 1980s...-- or those we face in the 1990s --... could be adequately addressed without a reorganization like the one we underwent."


Overy, R.J. The Air War, 1939-1945. Braircliff Manor, NY: Stein & Day, 1981.

Petersen: "Heavy emphasis on intelligence."


Overy, Richard. "Strategic Intelligence and the Outbreak of the Second World War." War in History 5, no. 4 (1998): 451-480.


Owen, David. Battle of Wits: A History of Psychology and Deception in Modern Warfare. London: Leo Cooper, 1978.

To Constantinides, Owen does a better job covering deception than he does covering psychological factors. The book is primarily from the British standpoint. There are neither references nor a bibliography.


Owen, David. Espionage: The New Truths of the Spymasters. New York: Reader's Digest, 2006.


Owen, David. Hidden Secrets: A Complete History of Espionage and the Technology Used to Support It. Toronto: Firefly Books, 2002.

Peake, Studies 47.4 (2003), finds that the author's "big picture is accurate, but the details in many cases are not.... As a brief introduction to the topic of espionage, Hidden Secrets will be of value to those seeking a general overview, but it is far from the 'Complete History' indicated in the sub-title, and all facts should be checked with other sources before being accepted."

For Kruh, Cryptologia 27.1 and 28.4, this work is a "fascinating overview of the history of espionage that examines the art and science of intelligence gathering by government and military organizations as well as the complex security measures put in place to keep secrets safe from prying eyes.... A very attractive feature of this book is the hundreds of color photographs and illustrations."

Taylor, Booklist (via Amazon.com), notes that this book "is aimed at those who are fascinated with intelligence but as yet unfamiliar with its techniques, strategies, and equipment. Owen divides his subject up according to standard sources of secret information: human agents, coded or enciphered transmissions, electronic emissions, and overhead reconnaissance."


Owen, Frank. The Eddie Chapman Story: The Incredible Story of the London Safecracker Who Worked for Hitler and British Intelligence at the Same Time. New York: Messner, 1954.

Chapman's obituary appears at Telegraph (London). "[Obituary:] Eddie Chapman -- Safe-blower Who Became the Wartime Double Agent Zig-Zag and Outfoxed the Germans," 20 Dec. 1997. See also, Booth, ZIGZAG (2007); and Macintyre, Agent ZIGZAG (2007).


Owen, G. L. "The Metro-Vickers Crisis: Anglo-Soviet Relations Between Trade Agreements, 1932-4." Slavonic & East European Review 49 (1971): 92-112.


Owen, Mark [pseud., Matt Bissonnette] and Kevin Maurer. No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden. New York: Dutton/Penguin, 2012.

From publisher: Mark Owen is "a former member of ... SEAL Team Six.... [A]s a Navy SEAL, he has participated in hundreds of missions around the globe, including the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips in the Indian Ocean in 2009. Owen was a team leader on Operation Neptune Spear in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on May 1, 2011."

Bergen, Washington Post, 29 Aug. 2012, finds that "Owen's account of the raid fits almost exactly with my [Bergen's] own understanding of the operation.... The only surprising thing, perhaps, ... is how soon this tell-all book was published.... [G]enerally the writing is fast-paced, and Owen and Maurer tell some good yarns in a conversational style.... Owen has, of course, only a grunt's-eye view of the bin Laden operation. There is little in the book about the decision making at the White House.... Nor is there much about how the intelligence picture that indicated bin Laden might be living at the Abbottabad compound developed."

The review by Shaffer, AIJ 30.2 (2012), is seriously marred and the reviewer's competence brought into question by completely unnecessary remarks: (1) that "the current White House" used "the hard work of the special operations community for political hay" and (2) that the "CIA helps on occasion (no, I am serious)." According to the reviewer's "friends on the inside," No Easy Day "is, indeed, the authentic and accurate story." Nevertheless, the reviewer believes "Owen" would not "have lost too much from submitting the book to the classification review process."


Owens, Ira C. [LTGEN/USA, DCSINT].

1. "Army Intelligence in Transition: 'Changing Horizons.'" American Intelligence Journal 14, no. 3 (Autumn/Winter 1993/1994): 17-20.

"INSCOM organizations which perform national SIGINT functions are being restructured from conventional OCONUS lines of sight and HF collection mission units into jointly manned organizations, at CONUS locations, with the access to enemy signals via remote collection technology and communications linkages."

2. "Revolution in MI." Army, Oct. 1992, 165-167.


Owens, William A. Eye-Deep in Hell: A Memoir of the Liberation of the Philippines, 1944-45. Dallas, TX: SMU Press, 1989.

http://carlisle-www.army.mil: "By CIC agent whose contacts incl[uded] Huks."


Owens, William A. [ADM/USN (Ret.)] "Intelligence in the 21st Century." Defense Intelligence Journal 7, no. 1 (Spring 1998): 25-45.

"The US Intelligence Community must either seek to lead and promote the on-going transformation of the US military, or bear much of the responsibility for a US failure to seize the opportunities provided by our lead in military technologies during a propitious period in world history.... [A]s we pass through the American Revolution in Military Affairs we will move increasingly toward the operational integration of the service components. The future is a joint future and, to be consistent with that future, the Intelligence Community must also move toward consolidation if it is to continue to enable the application of American military power as well as it should."


Owsley, Frank Lawrence. King Cotton Diplomacy: Foreign Relations of the Confederate States of America. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1931.


Owsley, Harriet C. "Henry Shelton Sanford and Federal Surveillance Abroad, 1861-1865." Mississippi Valley Historical Review 48, no. 2 (Sep. 1961): 211-228.

In 1861, Sanford "was appointed minister resident to Belgium.... One of Sanford's principal assignments ... was to prevent Confederate agents in Europe from obtaining warships, arms, munitions, and other supplies.... Sanford's principal method of countering the Confederates was to gather information on activities of theirs that violated the neutrality of the countries involved, and turn it over to the respective governments. His activities seriously damaged Confederate supply lines." O'Toole, Encyclopedia, pp. 401-402.


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