Historical Dictionary of Signals Intelligence by Nigel WestHistorical Dictionary of Signals Intelligence by Nigel West

Historical Dictionary of Signals Intelligence

byNigel West

Hardcover | August 31, 2012

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Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) encompasses the various disciplines of wireless interception, cryptanalysis, communications intelligence, electronic intelligence, direction-finding, and traffic analysis. It has become the basis upon which all combat operations are undertaken. It is now widely recognized as an absolutely vital dimension to modern warfare and it has proved to be a vital component in the counter-intelligence war fought between the West and Soviet bloc intelligence agencies.The Historical Dictionary of Signals Intelligence covers the history of SIGINT through a chronology, an introductory essay, an appendix, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 300 cross-referenced entries on key personnel, SIGINT technology, intelligence operations, and agencies, as well as the tradecraft and jargon. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about Signals Intelligence.
Nigel West is currently the European Editor of the International Journal of Intelligence and Counter-Intelligence and teaches the history of postwar intelligence at the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies. He is the author of many books, including the Historical Dictionary of British Intelligence (Scarecrow, 2005), Hist...
Title:Historical Dictionary of Signals IntelligenceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:370 pages, 9.26 × 6.31 × 1.27 inPublished:August 31, 2012Publisher:Scarecrow PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0810871874

ISBN - 13:9780810871878


Editorial Reviews

The appendices. . . are especially notable, comprising a list of all the people (as far as known) referred to by code names in the 'Venona' transcripts of enciphered Soviet messages, which the author declares to have been 'the greatest secret of the Cold War', and the text of the agreement of 1946 between the United Kingdom and the United States on signals intelligence co-operation, which for many years was such a closely guarded secret that even its existence was not avowed. The provision of an index is uncommon in the Scarecrow series, and it is to be hoped that the general editors will continue this helpful feature. ... The Dictionary offers a window into an obscure, but highly significant, aspect of twentieth century history and of contemporary world affairs, and thus deserves a wide circulation both in academic and larger public libraries.