The Intelligence World

CIA. KGB. MSS. All acronyms that anyone familiar with the intelligence world would know (and for those who may not be familiar, they are: Central Intelligence Agency – United States, Komitet gosudarstvennoy bezopasnosti – Soviet Union/Russia, and the Ministry for State Security – China), and all well-represented in the modern media.

But what about the lesser-known, more obscure intelligence apparatus out there and in history? Some had a definitive intel mission, while others are more “grey area,” but all served the purpose of providing commanders and policymakers a clear picture of a given situation…

The gathering of intelligence for tactical, strategic, and political purpose dates back to biblical times. According to the Old Testament of the Bible (Joshua 2), in preparation for an attack on the city of Jericho: “Then Joshua son of Nun secretly sent two spies from Shittim. ‘Go, look over the land,’ he said, ‘especially Jericho.’ So they went and entered the house of a prostitute named Rahab and stayed there.”

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