Spies in History & Literature ~
The David S. Black Lectures
Introduction by Wesley Britton
On November 10 and 17, 2008, Dr. David S. Black delivered two
lectures in the “Honors” series at Harrisburg Area
Community College in Harrisburg, PA.
Dr. Black then graciously edited these talks into two essays,
which are presented here for the first time for the general public.
From 1979 to 2008, David Black was an Operations Officer in
the National Clandestine Service of the CIA, formerly the Directorate
of Operations, and worked in Eastern and Western Europe for over
twenty years. He holds a doctorate from Princeton University and
has taught graduate and undergraduate courses about the history
of intelligence and espionage during an assignment as CIA
Officer-in-Residence in the History Department of Ohio University
The essays presented here are essentially Parts 1 and 2 of
Black’s thoughts on Cold War history and then our concerns
with contemporary terrorism.
“The Winding, Bumpy Road” is Black’s
overview of intelligence history since World War II, demonstrating
the distinctions between the “Global” agencies of
the U.S., U.S.S.R., and the U.K. juxtaposed against agencies of
other countries with more regional concerns he describes as
“Continental.” He concludes his analysis by
assessing the successes and failures of Cold War espionage.
In his second essay, “Terrorism as an Intelligence
Problem,” Black explores the tactical and technical aspects
of counter-terrorism throughout recent history including the political
and legal issues involved. He then analyzes what our responses
should be to modern Jihadists, including his belief we should
support immigrant populations and avoid demonizing adversaries.
Dr. Black’s essays are presented here as PDF files ~
Winding, Bumpy Road from Espionage to Intelligence
as an Intelligence Problem
PDF files require the Acrobat Reader program, which is available
for free on-line. To download the Acrobat Reader,