For the past four years James Adams has been the Washington Bureau Chief of the Sunday Times. For ten years before that he was the paper's Defence Correspondent. The two positions, which have both involved extensive reporting of the dying days of the Cold War and the struggle to form a new world order, have given him unique access to the intelligence community. He is the author of a number of books, including The Financing of Terror and Secret Armies, both of which are now considered standard works on international terrorism and covert warfare, and has lectured to the US army, and the Defence Intelligence College, the British Special Branch and other agencies. He is married with two daughters and lives in Washington DC.