COLL-X311 23153 Wartime: Role of Intelligence (Coyle) (3 cr.)

Recommended for juniors or seniors, or for students with a strong interest in history and/or international relations.

While intelligence activities on behalf of a country are valuable at any time, they become critical during wartime. Without knowing of those secret operations, it is impossible to have an accurate understanding of how and why a war progressed as it did. Security and intelligence services are also given different tasks as war approaches and during the conflict, with a focus on obtaining order of battle information, undermining the will of the enemy and deceiving him through Covert Action, carrying out sabotage operations and even assassinations. We will also look at famous espionage cases, such as the Russian Adolph Tolkachev, the Pole Ryzard Kuklinski and the Americans Ted Hall and John Walker, wherein the information they provided altered the balance of power or would have seriously affected the outcome of a war had the Cold War turned hot.

The course will look at important intelligence operations from the First World War up until the recent Iraqi War and the current Global War On Terrorism. Emphasis will be on espionage activities by the United States, but we will also look at covert influence, subversion and sabotage operations by the Russians, British, and others during both world wars, Vietnam, the Sovietís War in Afghanistan, Kuwait, Iraq and the current GWOT. The course will also examine the numerous instances when political leaders have ignored unpleasant intelligence reports that did not fit their preconceived views and which proved costly on the battlefield.