Defence Intelligence and the Cold War: Britains Joint Intelligence Bureau 1945-1964

Hardcover | November 7, 2014

byHuw Dylan

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During the Second World War British intelligence provided politicians and soldiers with invaluable knowledge. Britain was determined to maintain this advantage following victory, but the wartime machinery was uneconomical, unwieldy, and unsuitable for peace. Drawing on oral testimony,international archives, and private papers, Defence Intelligence and the Cold War provides the first history of the hitherto little-known organisation designed to preserve and advance British capability in military and military-related intelligence for the Cold War: the Joint Intelligence Bureau(JIB).Headed by General Eisenhower's wartime intelligence man, Major General Kenneth Strong, the JIB was central to the mission to spy on and understand the Soviet Union, and the broader Communist world. It did so from its creation in 1946 to its end in 1964, when it formed a central component of the newDefence Intelligence Staff. This volume reveals hitherto hidden aspects of Britain's mission to map the Soviet Union for nuclear war, the struggle to understand and contain the economies of the USSR, China, and North Korea in peace and during the Korean War, and the urgent challenge to understandthe nature and scale of the Soviet bomber and missile threat in the 1950s and 1960s. The JIB's dedicated work in these fields won it the support of some politicians and military men, but the enmity of others who saw the centralised organisation as a threat to traditional military intelligence. Theintelligence officers of the JIB waged Cold War not only with Communist adversaries but also in Whitehall.

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During the Second World War British intelligence provided politicians and soldiers with invaluable knowledge. Britain was determined to maintain this advantage following victory, but the wartime machinery was uneconomical, unwieldy, and unsuitable for peace. Drawing on oral testimony,international archives, and private papers, Defence ...

Huw Dylan received his PhD from the University of Aberystwyth in 2010. He is Lecturer in Intelligence and International Security at King's College London, UK.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:November 7, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199657025

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Introduction1. All-source intelligence for the post-war world: Creating the JIB2. Mapping the enemy: The JIB and topographical intelligence in the early Cold War, 1948-19533. Starving the Bear and the Dragon: The JIB and British export controls, 1948-19544. The Soviet airborne threat: The JIB on bombers and missiles, 1946-19545. The age of vulnerability and 'gaps': The JIB on bombers and missiles, 1954-19616. Networks, connections, and links: The international JIB7. The merger of JIB with service intelligence and the creation of the Defence Intelligence StaffConclusion