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McGinnis, G.P. "Commercial Intelligence." Cryptolog 15 [probably 14], no. 4 (Summer 1993): 1, 17.

Meyer, Herbert E. Real-World Intelligence: Organized Information for Executives. New York: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1988. Friday Harbor, WA: Storm King Press, 1991. [pb]

Miller, IJI&C 2.2: Meyer was "vice chairman of the National Intelligence Council and an associate editor of Fortune magazine." This book gives a "simple, clear, and correct statement of what business intelligence is." Intelligence professionals will not find much new to them here, but "CEOs and persons interested in business intelligence will certainly find the book extremely informative."

Nasheri, Hedieh. Economic Espionage and Industrial Spying. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005.

From publisher: The author "investigates the current state of industrial espionage, revealing the far-reaching effects of advances in computing and wireless communications.... Nasheri analyzes the historical and conceptual foundations of economic espionage, trade secret thefts, and industrial spying. She demonstrates how these activities impact society, and tracks the legislative and statutory efforts to control them."

O'Toole, George. The Private Sector: Private Spies, Rent-a-Cops, and the Police-Industrial Complex. New York: Norton, 1978.

NameBase: "This book looks at the threat to civil liberties from private-sector intelligence and investigative firms..., which are often hired by big corporations for activities ranging from employee screening and strike-breaking to anti-terrorist security and competitor counterintelligence.... O'Toole believes that the public criminal justice system has ceased to work.... Those with assets will always be willing to spend part of what they have in order to protect the rest, so the private sector is moving in to fill the vacuum."

Robinson, Edward A., with Ann Harrington. "China's Spies Target Corporate America." Fortune, 30 Mar. 1998.

The "scope and depth" of China's spying in the United States is "only beginning to be understood.... [O]ver the past several years Chinese-backed industrial spying has increased dramatically against U.S. business.... [T]he American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS), an association for corporate-security types, found that America business now sees China as its No. 1 foreign economic-espionage threat."

Roukis, George S., Hugh Conway, and Bruce Charnov, eds. Global Corporate Intelligence. New York: Quorum, 1990.

Rustmann, F.W., Jr.

1. CIA, Inc.: Espionage and the Craft of Business Intelligence. Dulles, VA: Brassey's, 2002.

Jonkers, AFIO WIN 13.2 (1 Apr. 2002), calls this book "a rapid primer on how modern espionage relates to the national and international business world." The author tells "his stories in an entertaining, straight-from-the-shoulder fashion, warts and all, telling what worked, what did not work.... Rustmann's book is recommended reading for corporate professionals, but also for students and members of the public who want to know more about US and foreign espionage operations from a highly reputable professional."

2. "The Craft of 'Business' Intelligence." Intelligencer 10, no. 2 (Aug. 1999): 4-6.

The author makes the case for companies using "professional intelligence consultants from outside the organization ... to handle the most sensitive intelligence gathering missions."

Sawka, Kenneth A. "Defense Industry Must Develop Intelligence Capabilities to Compete in Bidding Wars." National Defense, Oct. 1998, 6.

"[T]he companies that provide weapons systems have lagged behind other industries in developing their own intelligence capabilities.... The need for good competitive intelligence in the defense industry could not be greater."

Smith, Paul I. Industrial Intelligence and Espionage. London: Business Books, 1970.

Wilcox: "General account of of corporate and business ... espionage."

Strong, J. Thompson. "Tilting with Machiavelli: Fighting Competitive Espionage in the 1990s." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 7, no. 2 (Summer 1994): 161-174.

"Counter-C.E. is the ultimate bottom line issue."

Theodorou, Jerry. "Political Risk Reconsidered." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 6, no. 2 (Summer 1993): 147-171.

Definition: "[P]olitical risk analysis [is] an assessment of prospects for unanticipated changes in the disposition of business enterprise abroad arising from politically-induced or politically-related sources."

Trim, Peter R.J.

1. "The Company-Intelligence Interface and National Security." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 13, no. 2 (Summer 2000): 204-214.

Trim suggests that the new international economic order may result "in the intelligence activities of companies and government agencies" sharing information.

2. "Public and Private Sector Cooperation in Countering Cyberterrorism." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 16, no. 4 (Winter 2003-2004): 594-608.

"A framework needs to be developed so that organizations from both the public and private sectors can work together in order to ensure that appropriate use is made of most governments' limited resources."

Unsinger, Peter Charles. "Meeting a Commercial Need for Intelligence: The International Maritime Bureau." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 12, no. 1 (Spring 1999): 58-72.

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) "has largely acted on the premise that something needed to be done to assure the maritime world -- those who ship, those who receive, and those who carry -- that all has been done to remove or identify criminal acts that threaten international trade. Its principal vehicle for monitoring these problems is the International Maritime Bureau."

Wayne, Leslie. "Cold War Foes Join as Capitalist Tools." New York Times, 7 Feb. 1999. []

Former members of the CIA and KGB are "working together as business partners to provide sensitive information to American corporations.... [H]undreds of out-of-work spies from the United States and Russia are joining hands in the pursuit of capitalism, providing protection, intelligence and political risk assessments to American companies extending their reach to emerging markets and other global hot spots."

Witsil, Frank. "Security Key to Winning Spy Game: Executives Take Great Measures to Prevent Rivals from Unlocking Corporate Secrets." Augusta Chronicle, 30 Apr. 1999. []

"[C]ompanies are spending millions to know about their competition and millions more to keep the competition from knowing about them. Most of it is legal. But some companies, desperate for knowledge they don't have, are turning to economic espionage, also known as corporate spying. It is a growing phenomenon that's happening more than many executives realize and more than most companies acknowledge, experts say."

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