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Fixing the Spy Machine: Preparing American Intelligence for the Twenty-First Century

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""Hulnick's book is well written and researched...the paperback version will be an excellent text for undergraduate courses in intelligence and national security. Undergraduate collections as well.""-Choice

?"Hulnick's book is well written and researched...the paperback version will be an excellent text for undergraduate courses in intelligence and national security. Undergraduate collections as well."?-Choice

"At a time when many lurid and exaggerated charges are circulating in the general public, Arthur Hulnick has provided one of the most accurate guides to understanding American intelligence operations. Drawing upon long years of first-hand experience, his clear and cogent critique deserves a wide hearing among specialists and non-specialists alike."-Jefferson Adams Professor of History, Sarah Lawrence College Chair of the Intelligence Studies Section of the International Studies Association

"Publication of Fixing the Spy Machine will be welcome news to those teaching the growing number of college courses on intelligence, as well as to students and general-interest readers. Art Hulnick, drawing on his own roots as an intelligence practitioner and his considerable experience as an intelligence author and teacher, gives us a candid and highly readable survey and commentary on what makes America's intelligence "machinery" tick, and what it might take to make it run smoothly in the in the 21st century."-John Hollister Hedley, Ph.D. Author and Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Recently Retired as Chairman of CIA's Publication Review Board

"Art Hulnick has succeeded where many others fail by summarizing decades of experience inside the U.S. intelligence community with today's students of intelligence in mind. In this lively review of enduring intelligence issues, he identifies the core problems created by the presence of secret organizations in American democracy. Fixing the Spy Machine also explains how the communication revolution is changing the way intelligence agaencies do business and the steps needed to bring U.S. intelligence into the information age. Students will enjoy the way Hulnick describes the nuts and bolts of the U.S. intelligence community, while experts will appreciate the way he describes how organizational cultures hampter innovation and performance. If you ever wanted to learn about the day-to-day issues that confront intelligence professionals, Fixing the Spy Machine is the book for you."-James J. Wirtz Associate Professor of National Security Affairs Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California and author of The Tet Offensive: Intelligence Failure in War

About the Author

ARTHUR S. HULNICK is a thirty-five year veteran in the intelligence profession, including seven years as an Air Force Intelligence Officer and twenty-eight years in various assignments in the Central Intelligence Agency./e He has been teaching about intelligence at Boston University since 1989, first as a CIA Officer-in-Residence, and, after his retirement from the CIA in 1992, as a regular member of the faculty. He has published numerous articles on intelligence matters and serves on the Editorial Board of The Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence. He is an active member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and is a member of the board of its New England chapter.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (November 30, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0275966534
  • ISBN-13: 978-0275966539
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,846,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Students of intelligence have been blessed this year with the publication of two outstanding books on American intelligence: Mark Lowenthal's "Intelligence" and Arthur Hulnick's "Fixing the Spy Machine."
Hulnick, a retired intelligence officer and former "CIA Officer in Residence" at Boston University and one of the Agency's first public spokesmen, provides a stimulating overview of the major problems facing the US intelligence community. It is a particularly useful book for those who seek a professional's critical view on issues ranging from the need for better recruitment to improved coordination between civilian and military clandestine activities.
Although Hulnick clearly has considerable sympathy for the needs of the intelligence community, this is by no means an uncritical whitewash. On the contrary, it is a thoughtful probing of present and future problems facing US intelligence and policy makers.
I would rate this book as one of a handful any serious student of US intelligence should read and own --- to come back to often as a reference volume.
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This is an excellent book handicapped by a rather silly title. The author of the book is Arthur Hulnick who after seven years with navel Intelligence had a successful career as an analyst with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). He has written a very thoughtful and accurate description of the U.S. Intelligence System and the processes of intelligence production. Of course the book tends to be somewhat CIA centric since Hulnick was a CIA employee, but the book still covers the entire system quit well. Although published in 1999, his book has as much relevance today as it did when it was published.

Hulnick provides a very good, if general, account of the processes associated with intelligence analysis and clearly knows what he is talking about. He is also one of the few writers on intelligence to address the issue that the CIA and other intelligence agencies tend to have very poor management and lack management training programs. Although Hulnick devotes some discussion to intelligence reform, the most valuable contribution of his book is his candid discussions of how the U.S. Intelligence System actually works as seen from the viewpoint of someone who was immersed in that system. His careful discussions and observations make good reading for both intelligence professionals and for folks who just wish to know what intelligence is all about. This book would be a good companion to "Secret Agencies" by Loch K. Johnson and "Intelligence from Secrets to Policy" by Mark M. Lowenthal (both available at Amazon.com).

In reading this book this reviewer noted a certain ambiguity that is common to intelligence professionals of long service in the way Hulnick discussed the intelligence system.
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This book has two good features-the author really does understand the personnel issues, and hence one can read between the lines for added value; and the book is as good an "insider" tour of the waterfront as one could ask for. How the book treats the CIA-FBI relationship, for example, is probably representative of how most CIA insiders feel. The book does not reflect a deep understanding of open sources and tends to accept the common wisdom across the intelligence bureaucracy, that all is "generally okay" and just a bit of change on the margin is necessary. In this respect, it is a good benchmark against which the more daring reformist books may be measured.
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Excellent analysis of the problems that have plagued the US intelligence system with cogent policy recommendations. Its criticism of the undue reliance placed on technical collection over analysis and human resources was timely advice that was unfortunately not followed.
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