Abram N. Shulsky

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Abram N. Shulsky, described as "a leading intelligence scholar,"[1] is Director of the Office of Special Plans.

Seymour M. Hersh wrote of Shulsky that "The director of the Special Plans operation is Abram Shulsky, a scholarly expert in the works of the political philosopher Leo Strauss. Shulsky has been quietly working on intelligence and foreign-policy issues for three decades; he was on the staff of the Senate Intelligence Committee in the early nineteen-eighties and served in the Pentagon under Assistant Secretary of Defense Richard N. Perle during the Ronald Reagan Administration, after which he joined the RAND Corporation."[1]

Abram Shulsky is said to be head of the Pentagon's Office of Special Operations, overseen by Douglas Jay Feith. He was an aide to former Senators Henry Jackson and Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and worked in Reagan's Department of Defense in the 80s. He also worked for the Rand Institute, where he collaborated with I. Lewis Libby, now Richard Cheney's chief of staff, on a study called "From Containment to Global Leadership: America and the World after the Cold War."[2] This study was an early draft of what has become the official Pentagon military strategy document.

Publications by Abram N. Shulsky


  • The United States and Asia: Toward a New U.S. Strategy and Force Posture (Project Air Force Report) with Zalmay M. Khalilzad and David T. Orletsky (RAND Corporation, 2001).
  • Deterrence Theory and Chinese Behavior (RAND Corporation, 2000).
  • Patterns in China's Use of Force: Evidence from History and Doctrinal Writings with Mark Burles (RAND Corporation, 2000).
  • The US and a Rising China: Strategies and Military Implications (MR1082) with Zalmay M. Khalilzad, Daniel L. Byman, Roger Cliff, David T. Orletsky, David Shlapak, and Ashley J. Tellis (RAND Corporation, 1999).
  • The "Virtual Corporation" and Army Organization with Francis Fukuyama (RAND Corporation, 1997).
  • Preparing the U.S. Air Force for Military Operations Other Than War with Vick Alan and John Stillion: "Examines the effects of peace operations on the training and readiness of USAF forces and personnel." (RAND Corporation, 1997).
  • Silent Warfare: Understanding the World of Intelligence with Gary J. Schmitt: "A thoroughly updated revision of the first comprehensive overview of intelligence designed for both the student and the general reader, Silent Warfare is an insider's guide to a shadowy, often misunderstood world." (1991).

Articles and Resources


  1. Seymour M. Hersh, "Selective Intelligence", The New YorkerMay 12, 2003.
  2. Robert Dreyfuss, "The Pentagon Muzzles the CIA: Devising bad intelligence to promote bad policy", American Prospect, December 16, 2002.

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