Prim - Priz

Primakov, Evgenii M., ed. Ocherki istorii rossiiskoi vneshnei razvedki: V shesti tomakh. [Studies in the History of Russian Foreign Intelligence: in 6 volumes.] Vol. 1. Moscow: Mezhdunarodnye otnosheniia, 1996.

Schimmelpenninck van der Oye, I&NS 14.1, notes that Volume 1 of this popular "repackaging" of the past of Russian intelligence covers "From Ancient Times to 1917." The book brings together the work of six authors under the editorship of the then-head of the SVR and now former prime minister. While it may make for "diverting bed-time reading," Ocherki "is not necessarily good history, and scholars should approach it with caution.... [O]n the whole, the book is marred by an overly tendentious approach and sloppy scholarship" at a time when "[n]early all the sources necessary ... are now freely accessible."

[Russia/Historical & Overviews]

Prime, Rhona. Time of Trial. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1984. [Chambers]

The author is Geoffrey Prime's wife.


Prina, L. Edgar.  "Preparing for the 21st Century:  Brown/Rudman Panel Urges Reorganization of Intelligence Infrastructure."  Sea Power, Apr. 1996, 63-64ff.


Prince, Erik. Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater and the Unsung Heroes of the War on Terror. New York: Portfolio/Penguin, 2013.

Carter, Washington Post, 27 Dec. 2013, notes that at times "contractor personnel outnumbered troops" in Iraq and Afghanistan. The former Blackwater CEO "presents a well-written, credible defense of Blackwater and [his] role in building it." But he "does not answer the important questions surrounding contractors and their performance in Iraq and Afghanistan." Nonetheless, "we need Prince's story to understand the history of the post-9/11 wars and the myriad roles contractors played" in them. For Peake, Studies 58.2 (Jun. 2014), and Intelligencer 20.3 (Spring-Summer), this "is an interesting book, with many lessons to be learned."

[MI/Ops/Afgh/Books & Iraq/Books]

Prince, James. "Is There a Role for Intelligence in Combating Terrorism?" Conflict 9 (1990): 301-318. [Petersen]


Prince-Gibson, Eetta. "Israeli Assassination Report Berates Security Agency, Top Officials." Washington Post, 29 Mar. 1996, A30.


Princeton University. Staff. "Dulles Papers Released by CIA to Princeton Are Now Online." News@Princeton, 23 Jan. 2008. []

"The Central Intelligence Agency has released to Princeton University some 7,800 documents covering the career of Allen W. Dulles,... which now can be viewed online.... The Allen W. Dulles Digital Files released to Princeton contain scanned images of professional correspondence, reports, lectures and administrative papers covering Dulles' tenure with the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) ... as well as his career with the CIA and his retirement. The CIA culled these documents from Dulles' home office, and the agency maintains the originals."

See "Allen W. Dulles Papers: Digital Files Series, 1939-1977: Finding Aid" at: The page with the "Finding Aid" notes: "Items relating to Dulles' time with the CIA have been heavily redacted, obscuring the names of correspondents as well as individuals and events mentioned in reports and letters, greatly reducing the research potential of these materials. "

Pringle, Henry F. The 'Baloney Barrage' Pays Off." Saturday Evening Post, 31 Mar. 1945, 18-19, 78-80. [Winkler]


Pringle, Ken. "Only Sleuths Can Find This Museum." Cryptolog 15, no. 3 (Spring Extra, May 1994): 3, 14; reprint, Washington Post.

National Cryptologic Museum.


Pringle, Robert W. "Andropov's Counterintelligence State." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 13, no. 2 (Summer 2000): 193-203.

As KGB head from 1967 to 1982, Yuri Andropov "was strikingly successful as both a bureaucratic infighter and spymaster.... [But he did] enormous harm ... to the Soviet state he sought to protect. The dysfunctional counterintelligence state he instead perfected was unable to survive the challenges that followed his death."


Pringle, Robert W. "The Heritage and Future of Russian Intelligence." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 11, no. 2 (Summer 1998): 175-184.

The failure of the reformers to win an accounting of the past means that the Russian "security and intelligence establishment [is free to] recast itself in the model of Soviet intelligence."


Pringle, Robert W. Historical Dictionary of Russian and Soviet Intelligence. Historical Dictionaries of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, No. 5. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 2006.

Peake, Studies 51.1 (Mar. 2007), finds this to be "a valuable reference work, especially for students, analysts and readers unfamiliar with the role intelligence services played in Russian history." Nevertheless, the "book omits too many important cases and intelligence organizations, especially those occurring after the Russsian Revolution."

[RefMats/Dictionaries/Historical; Russia/RefMats]

Pringle, Robert W. "The Limits of OSINT: Diagnosing the Soviet Media, 1985-1989." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 16, no. 2 (Summer 2003): 280-289.

"Without human and technical intelligence, open source intelligence can be important, but of limited utility for the strategic intelligence analyst, because of the very nature of the material. Moreover, during a period of change -- such as the Soviet Union between 1985 and 1988 -- open source intelligence has to be especially carefully used."


Pringle, Robert W. "Modernization of Terror: The Transformation of Stalin's NKVD, 1934-1941." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 17, no. 1 (Spring 2004): 113-123.

The author finds that materials now available "suggest that Stalin rebuilt the security service by purging older professionals and replacing them with better educated younger men: the corps of service personnel mutated from Leninist believers to Stalinist technicians of terror."


Pringle, Robert W. "Putin: The New Andropov?" International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 14, no. 4 (Winter 2001-2002): 545-558.

"Russian President Vladimir V. Putin's relationship with and management of the Russian intelligence and security communities sheds some light on both their restructuring since the collapse of the Soviet regime and their role in post-Soviet Russia."


Pringle, Robert W. "SMERSH: Military Counterintelligence and Stalin's Control of the USSR." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 21, no. 1 (Spring 2008): 122-134.

"[I]n its three-year existence, from 1943 to 1946, [SMERSH] played a critical role in monitoring the armed forces and the partisan movement" for Stalin.


Pritchard, Matthew C., and Michael S. Goodman. "Intelligence: The Loss of Innocence." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 22, no. 1 (Spring 2009): 147-164.

"Knowledge and imagination normally nourish each other, but the intelligence discipline has yet to capture this critical interplay. The profession thereby fails to harness a symbiotic tension habitually exploited by great thinkers in all fields."


Pritchard, Michael, and Douglas St. Denny. Spy Camera: A Century of Detective and Subminiature Cameras. London: Classic Collections, 1993.

Surveillant 3.4/5: Spy Camera "celebrates a unique auction held at Christie's in London on 9th December 1991." This was a "collection assembled by passionate collector David Lawrence, comprising 400 spy, subminiature and detective cameras." The book is "written by Christie's Camera Specialist Michael Pritchard and photo historian, Douglas St. Denny." This is "information that has not been published anywhere else."


Prittie, Terence C. Germans Against Hitler. London: Hutchinson, 1964. Boston: Little, Brown, 1964.

The reviewer for Time, 4 Sep. 1964, calls this a "well-balanced, unemotional book" that shows how individual Germans "never ceased to risk and lose their lives in opposition to Hitler's totalitarianism -- ineffectually perhaps, but heroically nonetheless..


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