My good news is that its time to introduce my newest book to everyone who has followed my research and writing through the last couple of decades – including the six works that precede it. If you have, then you know that my interests revolve around Cold War history and in particular the national security aspects of that history – ranging from the political assassinations of the 1950s and 1960s through much broader subjects including covert/deniable warfare, command and control during national crises and the national intelligence community in general.
Coming to even a basic understanding of those subjects, and the functioning of national intelligence/security at an operational level has been a long slog – and a real strain on my library, my best estimate is that in addition to document research I have cycled a minimum of six hundred books through my shelves since the late 1990’s. Unfortunately that counts the ones still stashed behind various pieces of furniture – sigh.
Having said that, my newest work has actually been done in parallel with all the others. In checking end notes I found emails related to it going back to 2003; it had not seemed nearly that long. Of course the source materials themselves, part of that immense book collection, go back to the first acquisitions about 1964. And with that, here we are and the new book is titled:
“Unidentified – The National Intelligence Problem of UFOs
Yes, it is a UFO book. To be more accurate it is a study of various types of intelligence practices and the response to unidentified aerial objects by the intelligence community – beginning during World War II and into the 1980’s. It covers areas of that intelligence organizations and activities untouched in my previous books and gets into some new and revealing aspects of inter-service rivalry (that will be more familiar, it’s something I examined in a different context in Surprise Attack).
In other words, this is a book about national intelligence and a problem that for various reasons was not assigned to the one group that might have been able to deal with it. I chronicle and explain that failure – the problem is that leaving it at that just was not enough. And that led me to explore the area of intelligence work that does exist to tackle such problems – referred to by a number of different terms including “strategic analysis”, “indications analysis” or in military terms “threat and warnings intelligence”.
I had been exposed to a few of the techniques during my business career, the ones used in business and marketing planning. Studying the practices from a military standpoint was an education in itself. The result is that the book includes a series of chapters presenting that analysis and what I found to be some pretty interesting indications related to over three decades of vetted observations from military, security and scientific personnel – as to what those are, I’ll leave that for the book.
The book will be available in Amazon and for order by the end of June, I will post a bit more on it here as that happens but I anticipate a separate blog to discuss it since its only one of my interests in the area of national security. This is just a bit of advance notice before the issue of the actual press release and the arrival of the first interviews online. I hope it sounds interesting and I think it will prove unlike any other book on the subject you have ever encountered.