Spycraft Inside the CIA's Top Secret Spy Lab

ISBN-10: 0452295475
ISBN-13: 9780452295476
Edition: 2009
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List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/26/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 592
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

In this the first book ever written about the CIA’s Office of Technical Service, former director Robert Wallace (a real-life Q, straight out of the James Bond films) and internationally renowned intelligence historian H. Keith Melton offer an unprecedented look at the CIA’s most secretive operations and the devices that made them possible. Against a backdrop of geopolitical tensions— including the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the current War on Terror—the authors show how the CIA carries out its missions employing amazingly inventive tools. Illustrated with images never before seen by the public—and featuring everything from micro cameras to wired kitties to exploding pancakes—Spycraftis both a fantastic encyclopedia of gadgetry and a revealing primer on the fundamentals of high-tech espionage.

A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy (Class of 1966), H. Keith Melton is an intelligence historian, and specialist in clandestine technology, and espionage "tradecraft." Recognized internationally as an authority on spy technology, Mr. Melton has assembled an unparalleled collection of over 8,000 spy devices, books, and papers of eminent spies. He is the author of several highly respected books, CIA Special Weapons and Equipment (1994), OSS Special Weapons and Equipment (1992), Clandestine Warfare (1988), and The Ultimate Spy Book (1996). The Ultimate Spy Book, expanded and updated in 2003, has been re-released as Ultimate Spy and remains one of the largest selling reference books on espionage of the last ten years with more than 300,000 copies in print worldwide. It is currently used as an introductory manual for many newly hired employees embarking on intelligence careers. In 2002 he joined a project with Scholastic Publications to co-author 15 children's books on espionage that has just been released under the imprint of Spy University. He has co-authored the "Spies Guide to Office Espionage" that was published by Quirk Publications in the fall of 2003 and in 2004 completed 13 additional children's books for Scholastic's new series Detective Academy. His current book, Spycraft, a history of the CIA's Office of Technical Service (OTS) was published by Dutton on May 29, 2008.Mr. Melton is also a member of the board of directors for the new International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., and director of a private museum (The Spy Museum) in Boca Raton, Florida. The majority of the artifacts on display in the International Spy Museum originated from his personal collection. He was an editor-at-large and columnist for the intelligence quarterly Surveillant, and has worked for more than 25 years as a historical consultant within the US intelligence community. He serves as a guest lecturer at the Defense Intelligence College, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Joint Military Intelligence College, National Security Agency, NCIX, and National Counter-Intelligence Center (CIA) and is an ongoing adviser to other U.S. intelligence agencies. Since 2002 he has lectured at the Smithsonian as part of their distinguished lecturer series. He has made numerous radio and television appearances, on all of the major networks including BBC, CNBC, MSNBC, FOX News, and CNN. He is currently an adjunct professor and Tradecraft Historian at The Interagency Training Center where he lectures on the craft of espionage. More than five hundred devices from Melton's private museum are on permanent display as the foundation for the CIA's Cold War Museum at their headquarters outside Washington, DC, and in 2002 he contributed a major portion of his OSS collection to found their internal OSS Museum inside CIA. In September of 1997, President Clinton, CIA Director George Tenet and Mr. Melton officially opened the exhibit to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of CIA. Senior CIA officials have called his amazing collection of espionage devices "a national treasure".

Robert Wallaceis the former director of the CIAs Office of Technical Service. The recipient of the Intelligence Medal of Merit, he is the founder of the Artemus Consulting Group, a private national security firm, and a contributor to the CIAs Center for the Study of Intelligence. H. Keith Meltonis recognized internationally as an authority on spy technology. He is a historical consultant for the CIA, a professor at the Center for Counterintelligence and Security Studies, and the author of several books, including Ultimate Spy. Henry R. Schlesingeris a contributing editor at Popular Science magazine, covering intelligence technologies, counterterrorism, and law enforcement.

George Tenet was the Director of Central Intelligence from 1997 to 2004. He holds a BSFS from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and an MIA from the School of International Affairs at Columbia University. He was appointed to the faculty of Georgetown University in 2004 and lives outside Washington, D.C., with his wife, author Stephanie Glakas-Tenet, and their son.

Foreword
Preface
Official Message from the CIA
At The Beginning
My Hair Stood on End
We Must Be Ruthless
Playing Catch-Up
The Penkovsky Era
Beyond Penkovksy
Bring in the Engineers
Building Better Gadgets
In The Passing Lane
Moving Through the Gap
The Pen Is Mightier Than the Sword (and Shield)
Fire in the Arctic
A Dissident at Heart
An Operation Called CKTAW
Let The Walls Have Ears
Cold Beer, Cheap Hotels, and a Voltmeter
Progress in a New Era
The Age of Bond Arrives
Genius Is Where You Find It
Prison, Bullet, Passport, Bomb
Conspicuous Fortitude, Exemplary Courage in a Cuban Jail
War by Any Other Name
Con Men, Fabricators, and Forgers
Tracking Terrorist Snakes
Fundamentals of Tradecraft
Assessment
Cover and Disguise
Concealments
Clandestine Surveillance
Covert Communications
Spies and the Age of Information
Epilogue: An Uncommon Service
U.S. Clandestine Services and OTS Organizational Genealogy
Selected Chronology of OTS
Directors of OTS
CIA Trailblazers from OTS
Pseudonyms of CIA Officers Used
Instructions to Decipher the Official Message from the CIA on page xxv
Glossary
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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