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