BETWEEN FIVE EYES: Fifty Years Inside the Five Eyes Intelligence Community
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.
Publisher: Casemate (UK/USA) 2020
“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.
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.
He is a Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the Department of War Studies, King’s College, London, specializing in intelligence.