Military history

Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA's Spytechs, from Communism to al-Qaeda

Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA's Spytechs, from Communism to al-Qaeda

It is a world where the intrigue of reality exceeds that of fiction. What is an invisible photo used for? What does it take to build a quiet helicopter? How does one embed a listening device in a cat? If these sound like challenges for Q, James Bond?s fictional gadget-master, think again. They?re all real-life devices created by the CIA?s Office of Technical Service?an ultrasecretive department that combines the marvels of state-of-the-art technology with the time-proven traditions of classic espionage. And now, in the first book ever written about this office, the former director of OTS teams up with an internationally renowned intelligence historian to take readers into the laboratory of espionage.

Preface

SECTION I - AT THE BEGINNING

Chapter 1: My Hair Stood on End

Chapter 2: We Must Be Ruthless

SECTION II - PLAYING CATCH-UP

Chapter 3: The Penkovsky Era

Chapter 4: Beyond Penkovsky

Chapter 5: Bring in the Engineers

Chapter 6: Building Better Gadgets

SECTION III - IN THE PASSING LANE

Chapter 7: Moving Through the Gap

Chapter 8: The Pen Is Mightier Than the Sword (and Shield)

Chapter 9: Fire in the Arctic

Chapter 10: A Dissident at Heart

Chapter 11: An Operation Called CKTAW

SECTION IV - LET THE WALLS HAVE EARS

Chapter 12: Cold Beer, Cheap Hotels, and a Voltmeter

Chapter 13: Progress in a New Era

Chapter 14: The Age of Bond Arrives

Chapter 15: Genius Is Where You Find It

SECTION V - PRISON, BULLET, PASSPORT, BOMB

Chapter 16: Conspicuous Fortitude, Exemplary Courage in a Cuban Jail

Chapter 17: War by Any Other Name

Chapter 18: Con Men, Fabricators, and Forgers

Chapter 19: Tracking Terrorist Snakes

SECTION VI - FUNDAMENTALS OF TRADECRAFT

Chapter 20: Assessment

Chapter 21: Cover and Disguise

Chapter 22: Concealments

Chapter 23: Clandestine Surveillance

Chapter 24: Covert Communications

Chapter 25: Spies and the Age of Information

EPILOGUE: An Uncommon Service

Appendix A - U.S. Clandestine Services and OTS Organizational Genealogy, 1941-2008

Appendix B - Selected Chronology of OTS

Appendix C - Directors of OTS

Appendix D - CIA Trailblazers from OTS

Appendix E - Pseudonyms of CIA Officers Used

Appendix F - Instructions to Decipher the Official Message from the CIA on page xxv

Glossary

Notes

Selected Bibliography