Feb 17, 2022
Claudia Cragg spoke at length just last May with Jack Devine, @JackDevine_TAG, author of Spymaster’s Prism. In this book, Devine the legendary former CIA spymaster details the unending struggle with Russia and its intelligence agencies as it works against our national security. (Jack Devine's blog.)
Devine tells this story through the unique perspective of a
seasoned CIA professional who served more than three decades, some
at the highest levels of the agency. He uses his gimlet-eyed view
to walk us through the fascinating spy cases and covert action
activities of Russia, not only through the Cold War past but up to
and including its interference in the Trump era. Devine also looks
over the horizon to see what lies ahead in this struggle and
provides prescriptions for the future.
Based on personal experience and exhaustive research, Devine builds a vivid and complex mosaic that illustrates how Russia’s intelligence activities have continued uninterrupted throughout modern history, using fundamentally identical policies and techniques to undermine our democracy. He shows in stark terms how intelligence has been modernized and weaponized through the power of the cyber world.
Devine presents his analysis using clear-eyed vision and a repertoire of better-than-fiction spy stories, giving us an objective, riveting, and candid take on U.S.-Russia relations. He offers key lessons from our intelligence successes and failures over the past seventy-five years that will help us determine how to address our current strategic shortfall, emerge ahead of the Russians, and be prepared for what’s to come from any adversary.