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Suvorov, Viktor [Pseud.]

In a comment on Lunev's Through the Eyes of the Enemy, J. Michael Waller,, notes that Suvorov is the pseudonym of "a former GRU officer named Rezun who defected to the United Kingdom." His books "are excellent works but many scholars suspect that they rest heavily on material provided by British intelligence.... Suvorov's books remain valuable, because the GRU has changed little if at all, and its mission remains the same. But being written in the Soviet period, they lack the context of the collapse of the USSR and the end of the Cold War as we knew it."

1. Aquarium: The Career and Defection of a Soviet Military Spy. London, Hamish Hamilton, 1985. Inside the Aquarium: The Making of a Top Soviet Spy. New York: Stein & Day, 1986.

Milivojevi, I&NS 1.2, says that Aquarium is "a vivid, perceptive ... account of Suvorov's career in the GRU.... [T]he three chapters ... he devotes to his time as a Spetsnaz officer are likely to remain the definitive account of the subject for a long time." The author's personal experiences in Vienna "have enabled him to produce a definitive account of how a GRU residency functions."

2. Inside Soviet Military Intelligence. New York: Macmillan, 1984. Soviet Military Intelligence. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1984.

Pforzheimer notes that the book "contains many factual errors, misstatements, and extravagant claims.... The author seems more sure of himself when he writes of the GRU Special Purpose Forces (SPETSNAZ)."

According to Rocca and Dziak, this "is one of the rare works ever to appear on Soviet military intelligence (the GRU)." However, "its value is somewhat marred by error and uncompelling assertions." The author's "insider's insights" on GRU Spetsnaz forces and tactical reconnaissance "make this work a useful addition to the literature."

Milivojevi, I&NS 1.2, calls this book "the most detailed, comprehensive and convincing account to date of the GRU's organizational structure, relations with the KGB and the CPSU(b) and espionage modus operandi in the West." However, the reviewer has reservations about the "absence of footnotes" which "makes it difficult to distinguish between what is based on direct and indirect personal experience, what is generally accepted as being the truth in secondary sources..., and what is just intelligent speculation."

3. Spetsnaz: The Inside Story of Soviet Special Forces. New York: Norton, 1988.

[Russia/Defectors & MI]

Svendsen, Adam D.M. "Connecting Intelligence and Theory: Intelligence Liaison and International Relations." Intelligence and National Security 24, no. 5 (Oct. 2009): 700-729.

Clark comment: This much I can agree with: "The intelligence liaison phenomenon can only be theorized so far."


Svendsen, Adam D.M. "The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Change: Addressing US Domestic Counter-terrorism Intelligence." Intelligence and National Security 27, no. 3 (Jun. 2012): 371-397.

"[W]hen reflecting over ... the years 2000-10, although there have been significant problems and paucities encountered along the way, the contemporary FBI has made some progress. In its condition of ongoing transformation, so far the FBI appears to be heading in a more positive than negative direction. Its increased adoption of intelligence elements is commendable."


Svendsen, Adam D.M. "The Globalization of Intelligence Since 9/11: The Optimization of Intelligence Liaison Arrangements." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 21, no. 4 (Winter 2008-2009): 661-678.

"Washington still remains the major intelligence 'hub,' even perhaps the intelligence hegemon. This stems from its location at the center of the web of intelligence liaison arrangements that cover the globe.... Washington's greatest area of 'liaison dependency' now appears in the fickle realm of human intelligence (HUMINT) where the emphasis is upon connections with internal security services abroad."

[Liaison/Gen; GenPostCW/00s/Gen]

Svendsen, Adam D.M. Intelligence Cooperation and the War on Terror: Anglo-American Security Relations after 9/11. London: Routledge, 2010.

Peake, Studies 55.1 (Mar 2011), finds "little new" here for intelligence professionals, although the author does provide academics "a different way of thinking about the relationship."


Svendsen, Adam D.M. The Professionalization of Intelligence Cooperation: Fashioning Method Out of Mayhem. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

Peake, Studies 57.4 (Dec. 2013), finds that "[t]wo impediments inhibit easy understanding of the substance of Svendsen's approach. First, he never makes quite clear what factors will improve cooperation -- or whether it is even reasonable to assume there are any that can be applied generally.... The second impediment is that Svendsen's academic, sometimes pedantic style -- coupled with the frequent, serially listed citations included in the text -- can be bewildering and complicate understanding." Nonetheless, the work "is the product of intense research and deserves serious attention."


Swain, Geoffrey. "'An Interesting and Plausible Proposal': Bruce Lockhart, Sidney Reilly and the Latvian Riflemen, Russia 1918." Intelligence and National Security 14, no. 3 (Autumn 1999): 81-102.

Swain finds that, within the context of the time, "the British approach to the Latvians in August 1918 made perfect sense.... [A]nd, if Reilly had concentrated on his initial brief,... things might still have turned out differently."


Swan, Patrick A., ed. Alger Hiss, Whittaker Chambers, and the Shism in the American Soul. Wilmington, DE: ISI Books, 2003.

Whitfield, I&NS 18.3, calls this a "superb anthology" of nearly two dozen previously published essays. The work "basically endorses the verdict of 20 of the 24 jurors" in the two Hiss trials. The book's pro-Hiss essays "tend to ignore the documents that incriminated him and instead impugn the motives of his accuser."


Swanberg, W.A. "Was the Secretary of War a Traitor?" American Heritage 14, no. 2 (1963): 34-37, 96-97. [Petersen]


Swanson, James L. Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer. New York: Harper, 2006.

According to Harter, Periscope (Summer 2006), the author does not answer the questions surrounding possible Confederate Secret Service (CSS) involvement in the assassination plot. However, he "does document meetings between CSS representatives and members of the Lincoln conspiracy, particularly [John Wilkes] Booth and Mary Surratt." This book "is an excellent addition to the credible body of research on the Lincoln assassination."


Swanson, Scott. "Indications and Warning Post 9/11: Analyzing Enemy Intent." Military Intelligence 31, no.3 (Jul.-Sep. 2005): 38-40.

This article seeks "to address some ... components to construct new methods and approaches to analysis requirements for Early Warning. The focus is to identify critical processes and analytics used to see threats and understand hostile intentions, and improve their reliability by moving from an emphasis of simple cause-and-effect relationships to more intuitive, non-linear associative forms of pattern recognition to understand the enemy."


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