Intelligence Is for Commanders

Title:                      Intelligence Is for Commanders

Author:                 Robert R. Glass

Glass, Lt. Col. Robert R. (1948) and Lt. Col. Phillip B. Davidson. Intelligence Is for Commanders. Harrisburg, PA: Military Service Publ. Co.

LCCN:    48009652

UB250 .G57


Date Updated:  January 8, 2016

A primer on combat intelligence including basic principles, the intelligence cycle, tactical study of the terrain and weather, counterintelligence training, and SOPs. Although basic, fundamental, and somewhat outdated, the book nevertheless has valuable insights into the critical relationship between the commander and his intelligence officer.

Reviewed by Paul W. Blackstock and Frank L. Schaf[1]

A concise manual for commanders and intelligence staff officers alike. Its primary purpose is to help the commander know the value of intelligence, but it also assists intelligence officers in understanding the functioning of various intelligence agencies. The authors, who were instructors at the Army’s Command and General Staff College at the time they wrote the book, went on to become successful high-level intelligence officers—General Glass as chief of staff of the Defense Intelligence Agency and Lt. General Davidson as deputy assistant secretary of defense for intelligence.

[1] Blackstock, Paul W. (1978) and Frank L. Schaf, Jr. Intelligence, Espionage, Counterespionage, And Covert Operations: A Guide to Information Sources. Detroit: Gale Research Co., p. 62


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