By Richard J. Aldrich
The chilly warfare is usually thought of to be the essential intelligence clash. but mystery intelligence is still the `missing measurement' of Britain's chilly struggle historical past. This quantity bargains an authoritative photograph of Britain's clandestine function within the improvement of the chilly battle focusing upon the main problems with intelligence and technique.
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68 Slessor, who would eventually replace Tedder as Chief of the Air Staff, was equally scathing on its failure to mention the need for ‘a very efficient organisation for Scientific and Technical intelligence’ for use, if necessary, against Britain’s allies as well as her adversaries. 69 Despite these stern criticisms, a redrafted version of this paper in June 1946, taking account of new information on atomic warfare, was not much better. Jones, in his autobiographical accounts of this period, has condemned the post-war reorganization of Britain’s scientific intelligence as an unmitigated disaster.
During the war the JIC undertook not only interpretation but also a managerial role, being instructed to ‘improve the efficient working of the intelligence organisation of the country as a whole’. 4 Changes in the role of the JIC in the post-war period offer important insights into the problems of reshaping intelligence for peacetime duties. After 1945, the JIC remained the focus of strategic intelligence and an important link between the military, the diplomats and the intelligence community. 8 The co-ordinating work of the JIC was supplemented by a plethora of additional mechanisms.
Jones’s proposals were rejected by Blackett in favour of an interService organization theoretically focused upon the consumers of its intelligence, the Service departments, rather than the producers, SIS. Each Service intelligence department was to have a scientific section headed by a scientific intelligence adviser to liaise with research programmes. Also SIS’s ‘Scientific Intelligence Section should include a Scientific Intelligence Adviser, independent of all three Services and, as assistants to the latter, such other scientists as “C” may find necessary’.