Jennifer E. Sims


Sims, Jennifer E. "Foreign Intelligence Liaison: Devils, Deals, and Details." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 19, no. 2 (Summer 2006): 195-217.

The author offers a "framework for analyzing and comparing the costs and benefits" of liaison relationships. She concludes that these relationships "are going to be an increasingly important source of U.S. intelligence collection" against the terrorist threat. They will also represent a significant counterintelligence challenge.


Sims, Jennifer E. "Intelligence to Counter Terror: The Importance of All-Source Fusion." Intelligence and National Security 22, no. 1 (Feb. 2007): 38-56.

"A great American debate awaits. The debate will be over the extent to which the federal government can ally with state and local governments and private industry to manage the new, secure information infrastructure that is already emerging in order to enable domestic intelligence authorities to do their job within the law."


Sims, Jennifer E. "Transforming U.S. Espionage: A Contrarian's Approach." Georgetown Journal of International Affairs 6, no. 1 (Winter 2005): 53-59.


Sims, Jennifer E., and Burton L. Gerber, eds. Transforming U.S. Intelligence. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2005.

DKR, AFIO WIN 42-05 (31 Oct. 2005), says that this book is "[t]he work of thoughtful and careful writers," and "will provide valuable knowledge for the average private citizen or congressman who knows little about the IC and how it works. IC professionals, however, may find it fails to come to grips with what needs to be done to effectively transform US intelligence."

For Peake, Studies 50.1 (Mar. 2006), "[t]his timely volume, with valuable contributions from authors with various levels of experience in the intelligence profession, presents a challenging series of articles that comment on the changes now underway and needed soon in the Intelligence Community." A summary chapter by the editors "is an excellent synopsis of this very significant work."

Winn, Parameters, Summer 2006, comments that "[i]t would be extremely difficult to find a better team of contributors for a book of this nature.... The editors note that many of the significant challenges facing the US intelligence community are issues of policy and practice that predate 9/11 and have quietly persisted." Wirtz, IJI&C 21.2 (Summer 2008), finds that "the essays in this collection highlight several reasons why U.S. intelligence is likely to continue to miss the mark unless reform moves beyond reorganization."

To Emerson, DIJ 15.2 (2006), this work "presents an in-depth look at many of the requirements, capabilities, and management challenges facing both the producers and consumers of intelligence." However, "there is very little that is actually 'transformational' about the contributors' recommendations.... Too many of the essays address problems that the IC has been grappling with for decades."

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Sims, Jennifer E., and Burton L. Gerber, eds. Vaults, Mirrors and Masks: Rediscovering U.S. Counterintelligence. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2009.

Peake, Studies 53.4 (Dec. 2009), notes that this work "is not about CI cases or operations, but rather considers questions of CI policy, organizational relationships and strategy, the connection between CI, civil liberties and culture, and the need for greater congressional oversight." The need for a new national CI strategy "is assumed -- but not demonstrated -- nor is the difference with the current national CI strategy made clear.... [T]he authors have identified problems, but they have neither fully substantiated their existence nor proffered solutions for them."

For Nolte, I&NS 25.2 (Apr. 2010), this is "an important starting point for a national conversation the American people and their leaders must pursue." Prout, International Journal of Intelligence Ethics 1.1 (Spring 2010), finds that the editors "have assembled a thought-provoking group of essays that examine the theory and practice of counterintelligence." The book "is a must-read for anyone who is serious about intelligence reorganization, and the use of counterintelligence for more than just spy catching."

Shaffer, AIJ 28.2 (2010), is much more directly negative about this work than many other reviewers. He declares that the book "is an academic examination of the issue, short on real ground-level experience." The contributors provide "questionable conclusions which, if followed, will result in no change and perpetuation of the do-nothing status quo."


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