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Porch, Douglas.

Poreba, John. "Neutralizing China's Student-Spy Network." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 25, no. 2 (Summer 2012): 260-291.

"The nature and vulnerabilities of China's student-spy network present unique opportunities to improve cooperation between universities and security personnel, despite their long history of mutual suspicion."

[China/10s; GenPostCW/10s/Gen]

Poretsky, Elizabeth [alias Elsa Bernaut and Elsa Reiss]. Our Own People: A Memoir of 'Ignace Reiss' and His Friends. London: Oxford University Press, 1969. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1970.

According to Rocca and Dziak, Ignace Reiss was the alias of Ignatz Poretsky, a GRU illegal in the 1920s who was reactivated by the NKVD along with Walter Krivitsky in Western Europe in 1933-1934. The two friends defected separately in 1937 and 1938. Reiss was murdered by the NKVD in September 1937. This work is Poretsky's "restrained memorial ... to her husband and to a small group of his Ukrainian-Polish colleagues." Constantinides sees in Poretsky's work "a parade of figures who later achieved fame as intelligence operatives or agents.... Her descriptions of Moscow in 1936 during the purges ... are chilling to read."

[Russia/Interwar & Sov/DefectorLit]

Porfiriev, B.N. "The Environmental Dimension of National Security: A Test of Systems Analysis Methods." Environmental Management 16, no. 6 (1992): 735-742,


Porteous, Samuel D.

1. "Economic/Commercial Interests and the World's Intelligence Services: A Canadian Perspective." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 8, no. 3 (Fall 1995): 275-306.

Porteous points to announced U.S., British, Australian, and South African "intentions to increase intelligence community involvement in pursuit of economic and commercial interests.... In this environment, Canada would benefit from a high-level, thorough, and coordinated review of the proper role of its intelligence services in protecting and pursuing Canadian economic and commercial interests."

The author includes three "case studies": "Provision of Economic Intelligence to Government Policy and Decisionmakers: PROMIS Software Example," "Intelligence Service Provision of Economic Intelligence and Related Services of More Direct Interest to Commercial Actors: Korea," and "The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the CIA: Intelligence Activity with a Substantial Impact on Commercial Interests."

2. "Economic and Commercial Interests and Intelligence Services." In Economic Intelligence and National Security, ed. Evan H. Potter, 79-127. Ottawa: Carlton University Press, 1998.

3. "Economic Espionage: Issues Arising from Increased Government Involvement with the Private Sector." Intelligence and National Security 9, no. 4 (Oct. 1994): 735-752.

The author suggests there may be a theoretical case for the use of economic espionage as part of a country's strategic trade policy.

4. "Economic Espionage: New Target for CSIS." Canadian Business Review 20, no. 4 (Winter 1993).

5. "Looking Out For Economic Interests: An Increased Role for Intelligence." Washington Quarterly 19, no. 4 (Autumn 1996): 191-204.

ProQuest: The author "examines the role of intelligence services in supporting governments' economic and commercial well-being." Many countries "have indicated that they are or will be more actively using their intelligence resources" in this way.

6. "The Threat from Transnational Crime: An Intelligence Perspective." Commentary, Winter 1996, 1-7.

[Canada/90s; GenPostwar/EconIntel/Govt][c]

Porter, Bernard. "The Historiography of the Early Special Branch." Intelligence and National Security 1, no. 3 (Sep. 1986): 381-394.

Porter notes that the official files of the Special Branch prior to 1914 have been destroyed. However, a large volume of material on early Special Branch activities is available in the Home Office files at the Public Record Office. The author has little to say positive about previous writing on the Special Branch (interestingly, the publication of his The Rise of the Special Branch was pending at the time). He is particularly cutting with regard to Rupert Allason's The Branch (1983).


Porter, Bernard. The Origins of the Vigilant State: The London Metropolitan Police Special Branch before the First World War. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1987.

Petrow, I&NS 3.4, lauds this book as "exemplary in its wide research, close attention to context, lucid style and willingness to tackle large issues and to speculate on limited evidence."

[UK/Historical & Overviews/Other]

Porter, Bernard. Plots and Paranoia: A History of Political Espionage in Britain, 1790-1988. London: Unwin Hyman, 1989. London: Routledge, 1992

Clark comment: The paranoia in the text of this book, if not in the title, is the author's, who equates state security with an oppressive and repressive regime. Little consideration is given to the context within which modern security concerns exist. However, his discussion of the years prior to World War I is worth reading.

Surveillant 2.6 sees Plots and Paranoia as a "[d]etailed, scholarly history." In some ways, this is "an admirable and important book; however, it has some serious limitations, or rather its author does, stemming from his self-admitted, deep-seated prejudices against the concepts of intelligence and state security." To Popplewell, I&NS 6.1, Porter's "research is excellent, and the book is packed with stimulating, often provocative observations." Nevertheless, his strongest arguments about the repressiveness of the modern British state "revolve around the 'Wilson plot' which Peter Wright has now admitted was a fabrication."

[UK/Historical & Overviews/Other]

Porter, David. The Man Who Was Q: The Life of Charles Fraser-Smith. London: Paternoster, 1989. [pb]


Porter, Ivor. Operation Autonomous: With S.O.E. in Wartime Romania. London: Chatto & Windus,1989.

Telegraph (London), 19 Jun. 2012: Porter "was a member of a three-man SOE team parachuted into Romania to link up with opponents of the country's pro-Nazi dictator Ion Antonescu." Captured immediately, "the team instead became a conduit for back-channel communications between Antonescu's regime and the British as Romania was caught in a vice between the Nazis and approaching Soviet forces." Porter died 29 May 2012 aged 98.


Porter, Patrick. "Military Orientalism? British Observers of the Japanese Way of War, 1904-1910." War & Society 26, no. 1 (2007): 1-25.


Porterfield, Richard B. [RADM/USN (Ret.)] "Naval Intelligence: Transforming to Meet the Threat." U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings 132, no. 9 (Sep. 2005): 12-16. Naval Intelligence Professionals Quarterly 22, no. 1 (Jan. 2006): 8-11.

This is an extremely illuminating article by the recently retired DNI (August 2000-April 2005 -- the longest tenure in the position in the Navy's history). Porterfield states his essential thesis early in this article: Naval intelligence "is stretched thin as it balances enduring, traditional missions while transforming to support a Navy faced with emerging global threats." He argues that naval intelligence is "a low-density intelligence force that is now more involved in naval and joint operations than at any time in recent history -- and in ways never envisioned until recently." While proud of the accomplishments of naval intelligence, he sends a cautionary message: "[T]he role of naval intelligence has grown so significantly that our people may soon reach a breaking point."


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