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van Brock, F. W. "Captain MacSheehy's Mission." Irish Sword: The Journal of the Military History Society of Ireland 10 (1972): 215-28.

This Record from the Royal Historical Society Database notes that this article covers the 1775-1800 period and such subjects as "Bernard (Brian) MacSheehy, Secret French agent, Theobald Wolfe Tone, United Irishmen, France, [and] Espionage."


Vance, Cyrus. Hard Choices: Critical Years in American Foreign Policy. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1983.

Secretary of State in the Carter administration.


Vance, Jonathan F. Unlikely Soldiers: How Two Canadians Fought the Secret War Against Nazi Occupation. Toronto: HarperCollinsCanada, 2008.

From publisher: SOE parachuted Ken Macalister and Frank Pickersgill into France "just as the underground network they were to join was cracked open by the Germans." They died in Buchenwald concentration camp.

[Canada/WWII; UK/WWII/Services/SOE]

Van Cleave, Michelle K.

van de Aart, D. Aerial Espionage: Secret Intelligence Flights by East and West. New York: Prentice Hall, 1985.

[Recon/Planes; Russia/45-89]

VandeHei, Jim. "Bush Taps Admiral as Chief of Counterterrorism Center." Washington Post, 11 Jun. 2005, A4. []

On 10 June 2005, President Bush "nominated retired Vice Adm. John Redd ... to run the National Counterterrorism Center" (NCTC). Redd commanded the Fifth Fleet, was deputy administrator and chief operating officer of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad, and served as executive director of the Silberman-Robb presidential commission on U.S. intelligence in Iraq.


VandeHei, Jim, and Dan Eggen. "Hill Eyes Shifting Parts of FBI, CIA: Homeland Security Department Would Get Own Operatives." Washington Post, 13 June. 2002, A1. [http://www.]

"Congressional leaders are strongly considering granting to a new Department of Homeland Security authority over parts of the CIA and the FBI, a complex and controversial restructuring of the nation's intelligence apparatus that President Bush opposes."

[CIA/02; FBI/02; Terrorism/02]

Van Deman, Ralph H.

1. Memoirs of Major General R. H. Van Deman. Unpublished manuscript. Ft. Holabird, MD: U.S. Army CIC Center, 1950-1956.

2. Ed., Ralph E. Weber. The Final Memorandum of Major General Ralph H. Van Deman, USA Ret. 1865-1952: Father of U.S. Military Intelligence. Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, 1988.

Vanden Brook, Tom.

Vandenbroucke, Lucien S. Perilous Options: Special Operations as an Instrument of U.S. Foreign Policy. New York: Oxford University, 1993. E8404V36

Cohen, FA 73.2 (Mar.-Apr. 1994), calls this a "commendable study of ... the Bay of Pigs, the Son Tay raid, the Mayaguez rescue and the Desert One fiasco.... Readers ... may set aside the didactic concluding chapter and content themselves with four well-researched cases."

According to Immerman, AHR 100.1, "Vandenbroucke identifies common explanations for the outcomes [of his four cases]. These include faulty intelligence, poor interagency and interservice cooperation and coordination, a decision-making system plagued by flawed advice and wishful thinking, and micromanagement by both civilian and military leaders far removed from the theater of operations.... This is a suggestive study, but asking broader questions would have made it more compelling."

Hilsman, PSQ 109.4, refers to the author's "calm gathering of the facts" and "convincing analysis." The author "shows that only one of the four principal special operations in the last thirty years was justified." The "book contains only a few minor errors." For example, it was the Soviets, not Castro, who took the initiative in placing Soviet missiles in Cuba. "More serious is the author's overall conclusion that ... the United States should put more emphasis on espionage.... But the fact is that ... espionage has been successful only in ferreting out technical and scientific secrets and almost never plans for offensives and the like."

[CIA/60s/BoP; GenPostwar/70s/Mayaguez; GenPostwar/80s/HostageRescue; MI/SpecOps/90s; Vietnam/SonTay]

Vander or Van der

Van De Velde, James R. "Camp Chaos: U.S. Counterterrorism Operations at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 18, no. 3 (Fall 2005): 538-548.

"The real situation at GTMO is ... that those in charge have a poor idea of what they are doing and the intelligence collection mission is failing.... The FBI, overall, is still more or less clueless about terrorism.... SOUTHCOM thinks its job is to imprison first, and gather intelligence second.... The Camp's mission should be intelligence collection. The sole custodian should be the DIA."


Van Doren, Carl. Secret History of the American Revolution: An Account of the Conspiracies of Benedict Arnold and Numerous Others, Drawn from the Secret Service Papers of the British Headquarters in North America, Now for the First Time Examined and Made Public. Garden City, NY: Garden City Publishing, 1941. New York: Penguin, 1968. [pb] Clifton, NJ: A.M. Kelley, 1973.

Constantinides: This work focuses on "British and loyalist clandestine and covert actions against the revolutionary cause on the American continent." At the time of its publication it was hailed as a "basic addition to the great books on the American Revolution"; today, it is just as important for its effect of stimulating others to study the role of intelligence in the Revolutionary War.


van Hartesveldt, Fred R. The Dardanelles Campaign: Historiography and Annotated Bibliography. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1997.

From publisher: "This volume ... focuses on military history but also provides information on political histories that give significant attention to the handling of the Dardanelles Campaign. The opening section of the book provides background information about the campaign, discusses the major sources of information, and lays out the major interpretative disputes. A comprehensive annotated bibliography follows."


Van Hook, Laurie West. Reforming Intelligence: The Passage of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act. Washington, DC: Office of the DNI, February 2009. Available as large PDF at:

Aftergood, Secrecy News, 1 Jun. 2010 [], comments that the report "is so extravagantly overproduced that it requires a gargantuan 18 Megabytes to present a mere 25 pages of text."

The report essentially tracks in broad, general terms how the IRTPA came into being. It concludes that "tactical challenges remain for the nation and the Intelligence Community.... Separating the two roles of the DCI on paper has been more easily implemented than delineating the day-to-day specifics of that division.... Congress, which sidestepped the issue of reforming intelligence oversight in 2004, is still determining what constitutes success in intelligence reform and the oversight process."


Van Laethem, Wauter. " The Belgian Civil Intelligence Service: Roles, Powers, Organisation and Supervision." European Journal of Intelligence Studies 2 (2008): 1 ff.. []


Van Lew, Elizabeth L. A Yankee Spy in Richmond: The Civil War Diary of "Crazy Bet" Van Lew. Ed., Davis D. Ryan. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole, 1996.


Van Natta, Don. "Intelligence Critics Urge U.S. to Look to British Spy Agency." New York Times, 26 Jul. 2003. []

The joint House-Senate committee report on the 9/11 terrorist attacks "have caused some critics to renew demands" for creation of "a domestic intelligence agency whose primary mission would be countering the terrorist threat at home." Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) and others "have said such an agency should be modeled after MI5.... The movement ... to create an organization like MI5 gained momentum in November [2002] after an advisory group led by [former Virginia governor] James S. Gilmore III ... recommended that a new agency should take over domestic intelligence gathering."

[FBI/00s/03; Reform/03]

Van Natta, Don, Jr., and David Johnston. "Wary of Risk, Slow to Adapt, F.B.I. Stumbles in Terror War." New York Times, 2 Jun. 2002. []

"Interviews with ... current and former F.B.I., Justice Department and intelligence officials ... suggest that [FBI Director] Mueller faces many hurdles in fulfilling his promise to transform the agency's rigid, risk-averse culture into the kind of terror prevention agency he foresees. Some officials even question whether the bureau can be salvaged, or whether it should be broken apart so that the government can create a domestic intelligence agency separate from the F.B.I."

[FBI/00s/02; Terrorism/00s/02]

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