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Wahlers, Stuart. "Rumors." Military Intelligence 17 (Jul.-Sep. 1991): 22-27. [Seymour]


Wainstock, Dennis D. The Decision to Drop the Atomic Bomb. Westport, CT: Praeger, 1996.

Giangreco, Parameters (Autumn 1999), finds that "Wainstock's work has a rough, uneven quality to it," but represents "an honest effort to examine all sides of the subject." Overall, the work suffers from the author's "lack of familiarity with the military dimensions of the conflict." For Tate, Air & Space Power, this "well-written, highly documented" work presents an "extraordinarily balanced and riveting account of the ... maneuvering that took place on both sides of the Pacific and within Stalin's Soviet Union, resulting in the dropping of the atomic bomb on Japan."


Wait, Patience. "NGA Releases 2007 Priorities." Federal Computer Week, 16 Mar. 2007. [http://www.fcw.com]

The NGA's 2007 Statement of Strategic Intent spells out the agency's priorities:

"Unifying NGA and the National System for Geospatial Intelligence and strengthening its partnerships across the intelligence community.

"Advancing the geospatial intelligence mission, 'help win the fight.'

"Attracting, challenging and retaining the highest-quality workforce in first-class working environments.

"NGA's plans also include building, populating and maintaining ... a virtual central repository for geospatial intelligence data and information." The agency also intends "to develop a research and development road map aligned" with the ODNI's "Scientific and Technical Plan to pursue technology breakthroughs that can address enduring problems in securing intelligence. NGA stressed its intention to make use of all sources of geospatial information, including commercial, foreign and national satellite collection, and to speed up establishing standards for sensor data, metadata, compression formats and file identifiers, to facilitate information sharing."


Wake, Nancy. The White Mouse: Autobiography of the Woman the Gestapo Called the White Mouse. Melbourne: Macmillan, 1985.

Wakeman, Frederic, Jr. Spymaster: Dai Li and the Chinese Secret Service. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2003.

Reviews have been mixed on this work. Unsinger, IJI&C 18.1 (Spring 2005), finds that this book "provides background material and some idea of just how the BIS [Bureau of Investigation and Statistics] functioned." However, it has sourcing problems: "some cited sources would be difficult to justify.... Still others are questionable.... Other sources seem to be indicators of possible bias."

On the other hand, Kruh, Cryptologia 28.2, says that this "comprehensive biography ... opens a unique window on the clandestine history of China's Republican period." The author "masterfully illuminates a previously little-understood world as he discloses the details of Chinese secret service tradecraft." And Bergin, Studies 53.1 (Mar. 2009), says that "Spymaster is a rich, but very complex book, difficult to read in places, but rewarding for the reader willing to struggle through the difficult parts."

For Rawnsley, I&NS 19.2, "this detailed and exceptional biography ... makes an important contribution to the study of Chinese history." The author's "lucid narrative and descriptive prowness bring to life the structures" of Chiang Kai-shek's powers. The author "has written what is sure to become the definitive analysis of Chinese intelligence in the first half " of the 20th century. To Henderson, IJI&C 18.3 (Fall 2005), this "masterly-written biography ... is a tour de force.... It also provides an excellent background survey of internal Chinese politics" from the late 1920s to the mid-1940s.


Wala, Michael. "A Triangle of Deception: Intelligence and Germany's Military Relations with the United States and the Soviet Union, 1919-1939." Journal of Intelligence History 8, no. 2 (Winter 2008-2009). [http://www.intelligence-history.org/jih/journal.html]


Walcott, John. "Mission Impossible? Anthony Lake Will Be Taking on a Demoralized, Recalcitrant CIA." Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 16-22 Dec. 1996, 23.

The title and subtitle give a clear impression of the thrust of this article; the focus is less on Lake than on what the writer perceives to be problems with the clandestine service.


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