Intelligence in War - John Keegan

Intelligence in War

By John Keegan

  • Release Date: 2003-10-28
  • Genre: Military
  • Book: Intelligence in War
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Intelligence in War Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

Intelligence in War is a great book. Our editors rated it with a top 5 stars.

A masterly look at the value and limitations of intelligence in the conduct of war from the premier military historian of our time, John Keegan.

Intelligence gathering is an immensely complicated and vulnerable endeavor. And it often fails. Until the invention of the telegraph and radio, information often traveled no faster than a horse could ride, yet intelligence helped defeat Napoleon. In the twentieth century, photo analysts didn’t recognize Germany’s V-2 rockets for what they were; on the other hand, intelligence helped lead to victory over the Japanese at Midway. In Intelligence in War, John Keegan illustrates that only when paired with force has military intelligence been an effective tool, as it may one day be in besting al-Qaeda.

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  • It is basilar to understand the role of inteligence in war

    By Gustavo Oliveira
    Despite the fact that inteligence is of fundamental importance to the decision making process during war, at the end, the result of winning or loosing will be a function of chance, opportunity and willingness to fight.

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