How the US is losing the counterintelligence war and what the country should do to better protect our national security and trade secrets The United States is losing the counterintelligence war. Foreign intelligence services, particularly those of China, Russia, and Cuba, are recruiting spies in our midst and stealing our secrets and cutting-edge technologies. In To Catch a Spy: The Art of Counterintelligence, James M. Olson, former chief of CIA counterintelligence, offers a wake-up call for the American public and also a guide for how our country can do a better job of protecting its national security and trade secrets. Olson takes the reader into the arcane world of counterintelligence as he lived it during his thirty-year career in the CIA. After an overview of what the Chinese, Russian, and Cuban spy services are doing to the United States, Olson explains the nitty-gritty of the principles and methods of counterintelligence. Readers will learn about specific aspects of counterintelligence such as running double-agent operations and surveillance. The book also analyzes twelve actual case studies to illustrate why people spy against their country, the tradecraft of counterintelligence, and where counterintelligence breaks down or succeeds. A "lessons learned" section follows each case study.
James M. Olson served for over thirty years in the Directorate of Operations of the Central Intelligence Agency, mostly overseas in clandestine operations. In addition to several foreign assignments, he was chief of counterintelligence at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Currently, he is a Professor of the Practice at the Bush School of Government and Public Service of Texas A&M University. He is the author of Fair Play: The Moral Dilemmas of Spying.
Preface Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter One: China Chapter Two: Russia Chapter Three: Cuba Chapter Four: The Ten Commandments of Counterintelligence Chapter Five: Workplace Counterintelligence Chapter Six: Double-Agent Operations Chapter Seven: Managing Double-Agent Operations Chapter Eight: Counterintelligence Case Studies Clayton Lonetree Sharon Scranage Clyde Lee Conrad Earl Edwin Pitts Chi Mak Ana Montes Richard Miller Jim Nicholson Glenn Michael Souther Jonathan Pollard Edward Lee Howard Larry Wu-Tai Chin Conclusion Appendix: The Counterintelligence Officer's Bookshelf Index About the Author
A five-cloak, five-dagger read for anyone interested in intelligence. * The Washington Times * A must-read for professionals in security and/or governmental affairs; it may also appeal to readers interested in foreign counterintelligence efforts and US tactics. * Library Journal * Impressively informed and informative, To Catch a Spy: The Art of Counterintelligence is an expertly written, organized and presented study that should be a part of every community, governmental, college, and university library National & International Security, Political Intelligence, and Espionage collection and supplemental curriculum studies lists. * Midwest Book Review * [A] highly entertaining and captivating body of work exploring what Olson believes to be the major counterintelligence challenges and threats facing the US today. * Intelligence & National Security *