Between Five Eyes

50 Years of Intelligence Sharing

Anthony R Wells

A detailed look at UK-US intelligence through a personal lens based on working uniquely for UK intelligence as a British citizen and US intelligence as a US citizen.
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August 2020
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781612009001
Pages : 256
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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A detailed look at UK-US intelligence through a personal lens based on working uniquely for UK intelligence as a British citizen and US intelligence as a US citizen.

UK/US intelligence and the wider Five Eyes community of Canada, Australia and New Zealand is primarily about one main thing: Relationships. In this remarkable book, Anthony Wells charts fifty years of change, turmoil, intense challenges, successes and failures, and never-ending abiding Five Eyes relationships. He traces the development of institutions that he firmly believes have sustained, and indeed may have saved, Western democracies and their allies from those ill disposed to the value system and culture of our nations. More than a chronology of the UK/US intelligence community during this fifty-year period, it is also a personal insight into key relationships and the abiding strength of the United States and the United Kingdom and its Five Eyes allies relationships. The author is the only living person to have worked for British Intelligence as a British citizen and US Intelligence as a US citizen. As a fully trained and accredited security officer for two US intelligence organizations, Anthony has relied on his own extensive unclassified collection of papers, personal notes and diaries, as well as his family library for source material to create this book.

“Few people are as uniquely well equipped as Anthony Wells to write an account of these close and special relationships. His penetrating and informed analysis offers us all hope for the continuance of an alliance which makes the world a safer place." —Vice Admiral Sir Jeremy Blackham, Knight Commander of the Bath, editor, The Naval Review.

About The Author

Anthony Wells received a Master's and Doctoral degrees from the University of London, his Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree from the University of Durham, and was trained at the Royal Naval College Dartmouth, the School of Maritime Operations, and by the Honourable Alastair Buchan at Trinity College, Oxford. He was trained in the 1960s by the most distinguished exponents of deception and other clandestine operations from the World War Two period. He was the youngest Senior Lecturer and Tutor in uniform as a newly promoted Lieutenant Commander at the Royal Naval College Greenwich 1972–1974. While in the Royal Navy he served in Washington and at sea with the US Navy. After becoming a US citizen he has worked at sea in USS Coronado and USS Florida. Dr. Wells has led programs in the US National Intelligence Community and has led programs to mitigate the worst effects of terrorist attacks on personnel and infrastructure, political systems, and communities. In conjunction with other companies Dr. Wells has led the way in the development of key C4ISRT systems and technologies and their applications to countering the worst effects of terrorism, other forms of irregular warfare and non-state-sponsored insurgency and revolt. Dr. Wells is a foremost expert in the science and art of modern Information and Deception Operations, in both the offensive and defensive modes. He currently works with a US-UK group on the leading edge of cyber related systems and operations. He is a Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the Department of War Studies, King’s College, London, specializing in intelligence.


Chapter 1: The Foundations
Chapter 2: The Sources, Methods & Analysis that unite UK-US intelligence in a Common Cause
Chapter 3: UK-US intelligence Structure & Organization in the post World War Two Era
Chapter 4: UK-US intelligence in the latter days of the Cold War, and the post Cold War Era
Chapter 5: UK-US intelligence & September 11, 2001, and the Aftermath
Chapter 6: UK-US intelligence Roles, Missions, & Operations 1990-2018, and a Review of the Post World War Two Era
Chapter 7: UK-US intelligence and Contemporary & Future Threats
Chapter 8: UK-US intelligence and a new Global Strategy to meet the Challenges of the 21st Century


"Wells excels in synthesizing his knowledge and experience to assess current trends and offer predictions about the future."

- Parameters

"This is a fascinating insider’s account of the origin and evolution of the more than fifty-year close intelligence sharing relationship called the 'Five Eyes' Community - the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Especially pertinent is the chapter on current and emerging threats and their impact on intelligence collection and analysis by the 'Five Eyes'."

- Perspectives on Terrorism

"It is clear from reading the book that Wells has a prolific mind and had a fascinating career. His position integrated into US intelligence had no predecessor nor a successor. As Between Five Eyes has largely a naval focus it will be of most interest to those interested in naval intelligence. But its breadth of topics is far greater."

- Intelligencer

"This reviewer...highly recommends that every Active Duty/Reserve/Retired US Navy intelligence officer and senior intelligence specialist read this comprehensive history of the Five Eyes Community."


"Those less familiar with intelligence agencies will likely enjoy the discussion and I would recommend it to those just beginning their historical journey into global intelligence practices and strategies."

- Journal of Strategic Security

“…an excellent summary of a 75 year history of intelligence sharing between the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand from World War II to present.”

- The Submarine Review

"Especially pertinent is the chapter on current and emerging terrorist and related threats and their impact on intelligence collection and analysis by the 'Five Eyes'."

- Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International

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