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Vespa, Amleto.

1. Secret Agent in Japan: A Handbook to Japanese Imperialism. Boston: Little, Brown, 1938.

Kikus Reviews (undated): "In 1920 the author entered the secret service of the Governor-General of Manchuria, then under China. At the time of the Japanese occupation, he was forced into their service, unwillingly. Five years later he made his escape, and this is the inside story of those years.... It seems authentic."

2. Espionage in the Far East: White Russians and White Slavers. [UK]: Allborough Publishing, 1992. Vol. 1 of the Allborough Espionage Series.

Surveillant 2.5 says this is a new edition of the 1938 book.

[Japan/PreWWII; Russia/Interwar]

Vessels, Ethan T. [2LT/USA] "Pillar of Intelligence Training: The 11th MI Brigade." Military Intelligence 21, no. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1995): 42-44.


Vest, Jason, and Wayne Madsen. "A Most Unusual Collection Agency: How the U.S. Undid UNSCOM Through Its Empire of Electronic Ears." Village Voice, 2 Mar. 1999, 46-48, 52. []

According to multiple sources, "the U.S. government's prime mover in Iraqi electronic surveillance was most likely a super-secret organization run jointly by the the CIA and the NSA ... called the Special Collection Service." Clark comment: This lengthy article -- full of "it is possibles," speculation from supposedly "informed" non-government personnel, Scott Ritter charges, and Mike Frost "exposes" -- includes a brief discussion ("The Radome Archipelago," p. 48) of NSA Sigint acitivities and concludes with a list of "locations of ... ground-based" NSA sites around the world.

[GenPostwar/90s/UN-Iraq; NSA/Sigint] 

Vetterling, Philip, and Avis Waring. "Tonnage Through Tibet." Studies in Intelligence 7, no. 2 (Spring 1963): 1-25.

The author discusses a methodology for estimating "the size of military force that can be supported" in campaigns that are "dependant on supply by road." The central example is the "Communist Chinese threat along the northeastern border of India."

[Analysis/Est & China]

Vicini, James. "CIA Director to Retire from Military and Stay at CIA." Reuters, 23 Apr. 2008. []

In a note to CIA employees on 23 April 2008, "CIA Director Michael Hayden said ... he will retire from the U.S. Air Force [on 1 July 2008] but continue at the intelligence agency."


Vicini, James. "U.S. Deports Another Person in Russian Spy Probe." Reuters, 13 Jul. 2010. []

U.S. government officials said on 13 July 2010 that a 23-year-old Russian, identified as Alexey Karetnikov, had been detained and deported. "U.S. officials declined to comment on whether Karetnikov was part of the [earlier] spy swap."


Vick, Alan J., et al. Air Power in the New Counterinsurgency Era: The Strategic Importance of USAF Advisory and Assistance Missions. Santa Monica, CA: RAND, 2006.

Westermann, JFQ 48 (1st Quarter 2008), sees this as "a work of critical importance for Air Force senior leadership and the rank and file. It offers a prescient analysis of COIN warfare and strategy and provides trenchant recommendations for enhancing the Service's capability in the long war against Islamic extremism."

[MI/AF/SpecOps & SpecOps/00s]

Vick, Charles P. "MISTY/FP-731, Follow-on ADVANCED CRYSTAL: The Stealth Reconnaissance Imaging Spacecraft,", 21 Jun. 2007. []

This article contains a wealth of information about the "MISTY low observables spacecraft program."


Vick, Karl. "U.S., Sudan Trade Claims on Factory." Washington Post, 25 Aug. 1998, 1.


Vickers, Robert D., Jr. "The Intelligence Reform Quandary." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 19, no. 2 (Summer 2006): 356-364.

"Whether the 2004 act will be as successful in helping to wage the war on terrorism as was the 1947 act in helping win the Cold War remains to be seen."


Vickers, Robert D. "The State of Warning Today." Defense Intelligence Journal 7, no. 2 (Fall 1998): 9-15.

The National Intelligence Officer (NIO) for Warning and Chairman of the Intelligence Community's Warning Committee notes the "decimation" of warning staffs in an era of tight budgets. He argues, however, that "Warning is not broken and the process doesn't need major restructuring."


Victor, George. The Pearl Harbor Myth: Rethinking the Unthinkable. Dulles, VA: Potomac, 2007.

Brooks, Proceedings 133.5 (May 2007), finds it sad that the author "rests his book on the unproven -- and almost surely unprovable -- contention that FDR knew Pearl Harbor to be the target.... It is a shame that Victor did not limit his argument to Roosevelt knowing that an attack was imminent.... The unbalanced result greatly diminishes the book and relegates it to the pile of not-to-be-taken-seriously revisionist histories." Hanyok, I&NS 26.2&3 (Apr.-Jun. 2011), sees the book as "largely derivative." Victor rewords "the material put forward by conspiracist writers," repeats their mistakes, and "adds a few of his own." This "is an awful book."

[WWII/Pearl Harbor]

Vidino, Lorenzo. Al Qaeda in Europe: The New Battleground of International Jihad. Amherst, NY: Prometheus, 2006.

Peake, Intelligencer 15.2 (Fall-Winter 2006-2007), labels this work as "[w]ell documented, well told, and alarming."


Villa, Brian, and Timothy Wilford.

Villafana, Frank R. Cold War in the Congo: The Confrontation of Cuban Military Forces, 1960–1967. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Books, 2009.


Village Voice (New York).

1. "The CIA Report the President Doesn't Want You to Read," 16 Feb. 1976, 69-92.

2. "How Ford, Kissinger and the CIA Obstructed the House Probe," 23 Feb. 1976, 59-68.

These two articles are a bootlegged draft copy of the "Pike Committee" Report. See U.S. Congress. House. Select Committee on Intelligence [Pike Committee]. Recommendations of the Final Report of the House Select Committee on Intelligence. House Report No. 94-833. Washington, DC: GPO, 1976.


Villadsen, Ole R. "Prospects for a European Common Intelligence Policy." Studies in Intelligence 9 (Summer 2000): 81-94.

The author argues that "European intelligence cooperation is likely to improve in fundamental ways, although not without overcoming difficulties such as sovereignty, interoperability, and the relationships already established with NATO and the US."


Villamizar, Andres. La Reforma de la Inteligencia: Un Imperativo Democratico [The Reform of Intelligence: A Democratic Imperative]. Colombia: Editorial Kimpres, 2004.

Orellana, Studies 50.4 (2006), notes that the author "calls for political transparency and increased effectiveness in the Colombian intelligence reform process." Villamizar presents the view that "Colombia lacks a functional intelligence community.... [I]ntelligence agencies operate independently, are routinely assigned to carry out intelligence functions under vague control mechanisms, and suffer through repeated instances of duplication of effort, inter-service jealousies and professional rivalries.... . Lacking are clearly defined missions and roles, foreign collection capabilities, and the trust of the country’s highest political and military circles."


Villatoux, Marie-Catherine, and Paul Villatoux. "Aerial Intelligence during the Algerian War." Journal of Strategic Studies 25, no. 2 (Jun. 2002): 65-78

From abstract: Aerial reconnaissance and intelligence gathering "had a highly significant role in supporting French military operations in Algeria.... Initially, however, the Air Force effort was handicapped" by a number of problems, including a lack of "sufficient suitable aircraft types. Gradually, improved aircraft and photographic techniques permitted systematic and detailed aerial mapping and intelligence work.... Better integration of air and ground forces, along with more coordinated command and control, arrived from 1959 onwards when an air general, Maurice Challe, became inter-service commander-in-chief in Algeria. This permitted an authentic and mostly effective combined-arms and joint service approach to the locating, tracking, engagement and destruction of Algerian nationalist bands."


Villeneuve, Daniel, in collaboration with Marc-André Lefebvre. "Intelligence and the United Nations: Lessons from Bosnia - A Canadian Experience." Military Intelligence 22, no. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1996): 22-25.

The primary author was the intelligence officer for the 3d Battalion, Royal 22d Regiment, deployed in Bosnia 30 April-30 October 1995.

[Canada/90s; MI/Ops/Bosnia][c]

Villeneuve, Daniel [LTCOL]. "A Study of the Changing Face of Canada's Army Intelligence." Canadian Army Journal 9, no. 2 (2006): 18-36.


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