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An American soldier in Iraq sees a suspicious tank on the horizon. He opens his Jane's guide on 'Armour and Artillery' and finds out where the tank is from, how it works, and how far it can fire.
Since their publication of 'Jane's Fighting Ships' in 1898, Jane's represents the closest thing to a commercial intelligence service available to anyone. Its subscribers have included journalists, arms dealers, the United States government, and even Saddam Hussein.
How can a British publisher obtain military information that eludes even major government intelligence agencies?
60 Minutes visited Jane's outside London to see how it became the industry standard in private, cutting-edge military intelligence without using spies or special agents.


Anne de Boismilon


Steve Kroft

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