WorldCat Identities

Absher, Kenneth Michael

Works: 4 works in 21 publications in 1 language and 1,288 library holdings
Genres: History 
Roles: Author
Classifications: JK468.I6, 327.1273
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Kenneth Michael Absher
Privileged and confidential : the secret history of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board by Kenneth Michael Absher( )

8 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 921 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the first and only study of the PIAB. As foreign policy veterans, the authors trace the board's history from Eisenhower through Obama and evaluate its effectiveness under each president. Created to be an independent panel of nonpartisan experts, the PIAB has become increasingly susceptible to politics in recent years and has lost some of its influence. The authors clearly demonstrate the board's potential to offer a unique and valuable perspective on intelligence issues and not only illuminates a little-known element of U.S. intelligence operations but also offers suggestions for enhancing a critical executive function
Mind-sets and missiles : a first hand account of the Cuban missile crisis by Kenneth Michael Absher( )

10 editions published between 2009 and 2017 in English and held by 363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This chronology provides details and analysis of the intelligence failures and successes of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and suggests the applicability of lessons learned to the collection, analysis, and use of intelligence in strategic decisionmaking. The author describes how the crisis unfolded using the author's personal recollection, declassified documents, and many memoirs written by senior CIA officers and others who were participants. Lessons learned include the need to avoid having our political, analytical and intelligence collection mind-sets prevent us from acquiring and accurately analyzing intelligence about our adversaries true plans and intentions. When our national security is at stake, we should not hesitate to undertake risky intelligence collection operations including espionage, to penetrate our adversary's deceptions. We must also understand that our adversaries may not believe the gravity of our policy warnings or allow their own agendas to be influenced by diplomatic pressure
Confidential and privileged : the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, learning lessons from its past to shape its future by Kenneth Michael Absher( )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The aim of our analysis is to determine what have been the strengths and weaknesses of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (PFIAB) in the past and to identify a productive role for the PFIAB in this new environment. It will help to clarify the role of the PFIAB and shed light on the interrelationship of various intelligence components. Most importantly, it will provide recommendations for future presidents to redefine, and possibly augment, the role of the Board, thereby helping to improve the performance of the U.S. intelligence community."
Intelligence services of selected NATO members( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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