The capture of the USS Pueblo and its effect on SIGINT operations
- Robert E. Newton.
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- [Fort George G. Meade, Md.] : Center for Cryptologic History, National Security Agency, 1992.
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- 1 online resource (viii, 236 pages) : illustrations, map.
- United States cryptologic history. Special series, crisis collection ; volume 7
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- Newton, Robert E. (Robert Eugene) author.
- United States. National Security Agency/Central Security Service. Center for Cryptologic History, issuing body.
- Includes bibliographical references (page 209-220) and index.
- Pueblo Incident, 1968.
- Military intelligence > United States.
- Military surveillance > United States.
- Korea (North) > Foreign relations > United States.
- United States > Foreign relations > Korea (North)
- Korea (North) > Military policy.
- Pueblo Incident (1968)
- Diplomatic relations.
- Military intelligence.
- Military policy.
- Military surveillance.
- Korea (North)
- United States.
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- The story of the Pueblo incident of 1968 is inherently a distasteful one for intelligence professionals, but the factors which make it unpleasant at the same time make it imperative reading. The lessons to be leamed from failed operations in general and this incident in particular are many and should be widely studied throughout the intelligence community so that we may prevent similar disasters from occurring in the future. Indeed, as the present monograph makes clear, the components of the intelligence community conducted reviews, postmortems, and "lessons leamed" exercises of many types in the aftermath of the Pueblo incident and made numerous beneficial changes in the policy and procedure as a result. What we must recognize, however, is that the lessons to be leamed go beyond the mechanical, i.e., that intelligence officers must remain flexible in their thinking and skeptical in their approach to any problem. It is arguable that some of the fundamental problems in the case of the Pueblo were the great haste to get the operation under way and an unwillingness to challenge preconceived assumptions about the way operations should be conducted. This was compounded by a failure to communicate fully to all who needed to know about the operation - and by a failure to communicate candidly when problems or doubts appeared. Mr. Robert Newton's monograph, The Capture of the USS Pueblo and Its Effect on SIGINT Operations, presents a thorough discussion of the incident, including the details of the ship's commissioning, its mission, the capture of ship and crew in waters adjacent to North Korea, official reactions in Washington and overseas, and the release of the crew. Mr. Newton also discusses the reaction of the cryptologic community and assesses carefully the serious damage done to the U.S. SIGINT effort by the North Korean capture of equipment, publications, and personnel."--PDF Foreword.
- Formerly: "Top secret UMBRA."
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