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Wubben, H.H. "The Maintenance of Internal Security in Iowa, 1861-1865." Civil War History 10, no. 4 (Dec. 1964): 401-415.

Security concerns to state officials included the southern border countries with Missouri and the state's vocal Copperhead minority. "Iowa's officialdom and its loyalist citizens consistently exaggerated both threats."


Wurster, Donald C. [LTGEN/USAF] "The Air Force Special Operations Command." Joint Forces Quarterly 56 (1st Quarter 2010): 80-84.

The author is Commander, U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command. "U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command, [is] the air component of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).... Tomorrow's security challenge will likely have less focus on nation-state peer competitor conflict, and more of an emphasis on irregular challenges and issues at the subnational level.... Not only will AFSOC continue to provide USSOCOM with the MQ–1 Predators, but also, as of July 31, 2009, with the standup of the 33d SOS [Special Operations Squadron] at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, the advanced MQ–9 Reaper joined the inventory."

[MI/AF/SpecOps & SpecOps/2010]

Wyatt, Ray A. Yank Down Under: From America's Heartland to Australia's Outback. Manhattan, KS: Sunflower University Press, 1999.

According to Kruh, Cryptologia 24.1, the author served as an intercept operator with MacArthur's Headquarters in Melbourne, as chief operator of the Advanced Headquarters Signal Corps station in Darwin, and at the Signal Center in New Guinea. This "is a fabulous story with many wartime photographs."


Wyden, Peter. Bay of Pigs: The Untold Story. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1979. London: Jonathan Cape, 1979.

Pforzheimer notes that although critical of the CIA, the book has its supporters. Overall, Wyden's work "is flawed by errors" and should be approached "with circumspection." Constantinides finds that the "force of momentum in operations and self-fulfillment in planning, flaws in security[] and intelligence estimates are highlighted.... Though there are good looks into CIA thinking, it cannot be said Wyden explored this aspect thoroughly."

To Bohning, The Castro Obsession (2005), this work "remains the most thorough and authoritative account of the many treatises available" (p. 14). If there is a flaw to this "otherwise excellent book," it is the author's "obvious pique with [Col. Jack] Hawkins for refusing to discuss the operation" (p. 18).


Wyden, Peter. Day One: Before Hiroshima and After. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1984. [pb] New York: Simon & Schuster, 1985.

From publisher: "Never before have all the strands -- scientific, political, moral, military and human -- been woven together with such authenticity and such skill as to provide the reader with a full understanding of how the bomb was created and why it was used.... Because of the decisions that were taken and the mistakes that were made, it is, for the first time, the complete unvarnished account of the greatest and most dangerous gamble in the long history of the human race."


Wylde, N.M., ed. The Story of Brixmis, 1946-1990. London: Brixmis Association, 1993.

Wylie, Neville.

Wylie, Paula. Ireland and the Cold War: Recognition and Diplomacy 1949-1963. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2006.

From publisher: "Arguing that Irish foreign policy in the area of recognition was based on the flexibility required of small state diplomacy..., the author's research in the area of Ireland's approach toward emerging and reconstituted states illustrates the high level of professionalism, commitment and administrative consistency within the Department of External Affairs in the administration of foreign policy."


Wylie, Shaun. "Breaking Tunny and the Birth of Colossus." In Action This Day: Bletchley Park from the Breaking of the Enigma Code to the Birth of the Modern Computer, eds. Ralph Erskine and Michael Smith, 317-341, 499. London and New York: Bantam, 2001.


Wyman, Janet. Secrets, Lies, Gizmos, and Spies: A History of Spies and Espionage. New York: Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2006.

This work was published in conjunction with the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC, and is targeted at the 9-12 age group. Engberg, Booklist (via, comments that "[h]eavily illustrated pages introduce legendary spies through the ages, the techniques of the trade, and glossaries of terms, including spy agencies around the world.... The format is jumbled, with references sometimes appearing pages before they are fully explained, and there are no source notes or index to support the text."


Wyn, Humphrey. RAF Nuclear Deterrent Forces. London: HMSO, 1994.


Wynne, Barry. No Drums, No Trumpets: The Story of Mary Lindell. London: Barker, 1961. The Story of Mary Lindell: 'Marie-Claire' of M1.9 Wartime Secret Agent. Milton Keynes, UK: Robin Clark, 1980. "When Paris was occupied in WWII [M]ary [L]indell ... began evacuating children to unoccupied France, and soon found herself helping British soldiers in the same way. She was eventually betrayed in 1944 and ended the war in the notorious Ravensbruck Concentration Camp."

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

Wynne, Greville.

1. The Man from Moscow: The Story of Wynne and Penkovsky. London: Hutchinson, 1967. Contact on Gorky Street. New York: Atheneum, 1968.

Clark comment: Wynne's account should be crosschecked with Schecter and Deriabin, The Spy Who Saved the World. To Pforzheimer, this book is a "British agent's first-hand, though somewhat colored, account of his missions" to contact Penkovskiy. Constantinides says "the principal value of Wynne's account is ... that it is the only first-hand one on this important espionage case. It contains examples of good tradecraft required for the secure handling of a sensitive agent in a hostile environment. Concurrently, he alleges instances of questionable security and tradecraft."

2. The Man from Odessa. London: Hale, 1981.

Rocca and Dziak: "An autobiographical introduction to Wynne's role in the Penkovskiy case. It also includes new material" that is "difficult to cross-check." (Clark comment: Wynne's account should be crosschecked with Schecter and Deriabin, The Spy Who Saved the World.)


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