By John Thomas Farquhar
Greater than a device of coverage makers to assemble intelligence, Air strength reconnaissance efforts formed early chilly struggle doctrine and struggle making plans. Dr. Farquhar argues lack of expertise on Soviet strategic services ruled the association, operational making plans, and kit of the postwar Air strength. To aid his statement, Farquhar lines the improvement of aerial reconnaissance from the 1st balloon ascents via international warfare II as a prelude. He then examines early chilly battle peripheral reconnaissance and overflights of the Soviet Union. He explains the evolution of intelligence-gathering expertise, bureaucratic development, and a relative loss of consciousness paid to digital war sooner than the Korean conflict. dependent totally on archival resources, the booklet serves as a superb reference for air doctrine, intelligence, and digital battle within the youth of the chilly conflict.
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Extra info for A Need to Know: The Role of Air Force Reconnaissance in War Planning, 1945-1953
While the RAF introduced ELINT-equipped Wellington bombers in 1942, the United States assumed the lead in electronic reconnaissance with the introduction of specialized electronic reconnaissance aircraft (nicknamed “Ferret”) in 1943. To accomplish this feat, the United States mobilized scientific talent and harnessed the production capacity of its vast electronics industry. The Office of Scientific Research and Development, the heart of the American electronic warfare effort, selected Dr. Frederick E.
G. , Office of Scientific Research and Development, to A. , RRL, letter, subject: London Mission, 9 July 1944, AOC Archive, 2, file: Dr. O. Villard. 71. Memorandum, subject: Electronics Intelligence Sub-Section, Directorate of Intelligence, 3 September 1944, file: USSTAF, D/Intel, Organization, box 297, Terman Papers. 72. From a wartime peak of 923 scientists, engineers, technicians, and administrative personnel, the RRL declined to 401 employees by December 1945 and to less than 25 by April 1946.
By analyzing the spectrum of ac- 21 A NEED TO KNOW tivities associated with the intelligence cycle, the British enhanced the quality and timeliness of intelligence information. In other words, they not only improved intelligence collection, but the processing of data, analysis, coordination, and dissemination of information. F. H. Hinsley, British Intelligence in the Second World War, 4 vols. (London: Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1979–1988). 36. Craven and Cate, 617. 37. , 221–23; and Infield, 80–99.
A Need to Know: The Role of Air Force Reconnaissance in War Planning, 1945-1953 by John Thomas Farquhar