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The Working Class General

The Working Class General
The Working Class General
This article explores the career of General Marcel Bigeard, a French Army officer who rose from bank clerk to army chief of staff, along the way fighting in World War II and the conflicts in French Indochina and Algeria, where he was accused of ordering torture much as did the More Info »
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The NSA Watch

The NSA Watch
The NSA Watch
This long-form collection of commentaries profiles the evolving National Security Agency scandal over its domestic spying and dragnet eavesdropping through the fall of 2014 and into the spring of 2015, when President Barack Obama proclaimed that reforms would be made. Twenty pieces are included. The analyses cover the most prominent features More Info »
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The Mouse That Roared

State Department Intelligence in the Vietnam War The smallest U.S. intelligence agency is the Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR) at the State Department. Tiny compared to the CIA, NSA, and other agencies, INR nevertheless played a key role in U.S. intelligence on Vietnam. This article explores the origins of INR, tells about some of its key personalities, details its arrangements to compile reports on Vietnam; and discusses its contributions on central issues, including whether the war was being won, the probability of Chinese intervention, effectiveness of U.S. bombing of North Vietnam, the Gulf of Tonkin Incident, the Tet Offensive, and North Vietnamese use of Cambodia. Continue reading More Info »
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The Absolute Weapon and the Unwinnable War

The Absolute Weapon and the Unwinnable War
The Absolute Weapon and the Unwinnable War
The United States never used nuclear weapons in the Vietnam war but American leaders did think about it. This article brings together for the first time the evidence regarding when, where, and why presidents and generals mulled over using these ultimate weapons, and how this never happened. The 1968 Battle More Info »
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Resistance War : Bibliography

Resistance War : Bibliography
Resistance War : Bibliography
This bibliography provides a very detailed profile of the sources available on the Western European Resistance to German occupation in World War II. It sows the source material utilized both in creating the game design for Set Europe Ablaze and in compiling the historical studies which accompany that publication. 
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Panzerkrieg Photo: Game in Play

Panzerkrieg Photo: Game in Play
Panzerkrieg Photo: Game in Play
A photo showing the boardgame Panzerkrieg in play. The view here reflects the situation during the second turn of the game. This is the post-Kursk situation of 1943, but using the "Manstein's Alternative" scenario, which is an alternate history version that provides for Hitler not having insisted on the German More Info »
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PANZERKRIEG HISTORICAL NOTES

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Product Category: History
These sidebar-style short pieces serve to introduce and provide commentaries for the scenarios in the strategy boardgame Panzerkrieg.
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Kennedy Withdrawal

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Among the more intriguing historical debates over the Vietnam war is the question of whether President John F. Kennedy, had he not been assassinated in Dallas in November 1963, would have gone on to withdraw U.S. forces from South Vietnam. Here I look at the evidence and give my own view on the issue. Continue reading More Info »
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Intelligence Oversight: A Mess

Intelligence Oversight: A Mess
Intelligence Oversight: A Mess
This essay reviews the story of congressional oversight of intelligence back to the 1960s and shows there has been an ebb and flow in the monitoring of CIA and NSA operations. The cycle has repeated itself since the early days and oversight today reflects excessive deference to intelligence agency attitudes. More Info »
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Hot Documents: Circusmaster Cheney and the Church Committee

Hot Documents: Circusmaster Cheney and the Church Committee
Hot Documents: Circusmaster Cheney and the Church Committee
Dick Cheney worked for President Gerald R. Ford as his deputy assistant, under Donald Rumsfeld. Cheney became the point man in responding to the spy scandals of 1975, when a public firestorm, ignited by revelations of CIA domestic spying, led to investigations of U.S. intelligence agencies in both the Senate More Info »
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Hot Documents: Church Committee Access to CIA Records

Hot Documents: Church Committee Access to CIA Records
Hot Documents: Church Committee Access to CIA Records
March 15, 2014--Amid the swirling allegations of whether Dianne Feinstein and the Senate intelligence committee took a CIA document, or whether they had a proper right to it, the hidden central issue is what terms Feinstein's committee and the CIA agreed upon for their access to agency records. The important stakes involved More Info »
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Hot Document : Today as Yesterday-Pike Recommendations

Hot Document : Today as Yesterday-Pike Recommendations
Hot Document : Today as Yesterday-Pike Recommendations
March 6, 2014-- This document presents the draft recommendations of the congressional investigation of U.S. intelligence by the Pike Committee of the House of Representatives which the Ford administration found so threatening. See my yesterday "CIA Bamboozles Congress--Again" for an analysis of the parallels between 1975, when Representative Pike's paper originated, and events today. More Info »
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American Views of the Central Office for South Vietnam

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In the Vietnam war a shadowy enemy headquarters, the “Central Office for South Vietnam,” controlled National Liberation Front forces in the southern theater. Whether this “COSVN” represented the Liberation Front high command, or was an appendage of the North Vietnamese army remained a question for U.S. commanders. This article examines what American experts and intelligence officials said and wrote about COSVN during the war. Continue reading More Info »
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