Chapter 8

China, Syria, and the American Intelligence Community

It was around three o’clock in the afternoon in the hot Texas summer of 1975 that Bill sat at a desk on Medina AFB filling out the paperwork that would complete his out-processing from the Army Security Agency (ASA), military branch of the National Security Agency (NSA) (ASA was later rolled into the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command [INSCOM]). Bill had signed up for 4 years of military service during the Vietnam War period in 1972, but in late 1974 the Army had given him and others in his unit the opportunity to take a year drop, which he took advantage of, allowing him to serve only 3 years instead of 4. George, the senior NSA representative out of Fort Meade in Maryland, ...

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