Yes. Have you? Fun fact (for those of us who have read the book): There's a reference in the book to Ryan's actions (and honorary knighthood) in The Hunt for Red October, even though the events don't occur until Patriot Games (which was written later). It's why he's working with the Brits and gains access to the information about the new sub in the first place. I suppose it's possible this is what you were referring to? Again though, it's presented in a very simplistic "British intelligence shares this with Ryan, he shows it to his bosses, then hilarity ensues" manner. There's more or less zero actual intelligence gathering information in the book.
So you haven't read the book then. Why bother commenting?
Um... Ok. So providing information you'd only know if you'd read the book rather than just seen the film isn't sufficient evidence that I've read the book? Strange...
Compared to pretty much all of Clancy's later books, The Hunt for Red October is incredibly intelligence light. Of all the books to point at and say "boy he got the intelligence part of that totally wrong", it really should be at the bottom of the list. If you think otherwise, how about instead of me having to guess at what you're referring to, you actually tell us what parts he got so horribly wrong then? You know, since you bothered to make the comment in the first place.
I'm beginning to suspect that *you* have never read the book and are basing your observations on the film instead. And yeah, in the film they gloss over several key facts in a really short handed way. Like, for example how Ryan is magically the only person in the world who can figure out what Ramius is actually doing, when in the book, they knew the Soviet story was BS pretty much from day one and spent significant resources arranging the whole "fake sinking" thing (including taking an old sub that was slated for scrap and sending it out to be "sunk" in a deep part of the ocean so as to cover for the fact that the RO was snagged). That, and the film basically merges like 3 different sub encounters into one (and there were a whole lot more subs involved in the book to start with). Simplified for the screen, but you lose some of the explanation as to how/why things happened along the way.
As far as I recall, the only intelligence gathering or analysis in the book involved two parts:
1. Information about the sub itself. Again, this was more of the form of "British operatives got these pictures", and "Hey. I wonder if that's a new silent drive system?".
2. Figuring out that the letter from Ramius purporting to plan to nuke the US the soviets provide is faked. Again though, this is sorta hand waved over in the book. There's a bit more to it than in the film (which amounts to Ryan just deciding that he knows that Ramius wouldn't do such a thing), but IIRC, in the book it was just a "double agent tells us it's faked and he really wants to defect" type of deal.
The rest of the book deals pretty exclusively with technical details and plot development (and sub chases). Again, the intelligence parts of it are pretty much just handed out. By far the bigger stretch in the whole thing is why Ryan ends out being personally involved in the whole thing. But that's sort of a staple in Clancy's books, so chalk it up to suspension of disbelief. It's not a story if Ryan doesn't end out involved in improbable ways. Kinda like asking "Hey! Why the **** is Ryan hopping on that chopper to take part in the rescue of one of the three (yes, there were three) assault teams in Clear and Present Danger?" (btw, that was a film they massively changed from the book, almost as much as Sum of All Fears). You just kinda go with it.
But hey. I get that sometimes people get **** about such things. Edited, Oct 7th 2013 1:26pm by gbaji