Defence Intelligence and the Cold War: Britain's Joint by Huw Dylan

By Huw Dylan

Through the moment international struggle British intelligence supplied politicians and squaddies with beneficial wisdom. Britain was resolute to take care of this virtue following victory, however the wartime equipment was once uneconomical, unwieldy, and flawed for peace. Drawing on oral testimony, overseas documents, and personal papers, Defence Intelligence and the chilly War presents the 1st historical past of the hitherto little-known employer designed to maintain and boost British potential in army and military-related intelligence for the chilly warfare: the Joint Intelligence Bureau (JIB).

Headed by way of normal Eisenhower's wartime intelligence guy, significant common Kenneth robust, the JIB was once valuable to the challenge to undercover agent on and comprehend the Soviet Union, and the wider Communist global. It did so from its production in 1946 to its result in 1964, whilst it shaped a important section of the recent Defence Intelligence employees. This quantity unearths hitherto hidden facets of Britain's venture to map the Soviet Union for nuclear struggle, the fight to appreciate and comprise the economies of the USSR, China, and North Korea in peace and through the Korean battle, and the pressing problem to appreciate the character and scale of the Soviet bomber and missile probability within the Fifties and Nineteen Sixties. The JIB's committed paintings in those fields gained it the aid of a few politicians and armed forces males, however the enmity of others who observed the centralised supplier as a possibility to standard army intelligence. The intelligence officials of the JIB waged chilly struggle not just with Communist adversaries but additionally in Whitehall.

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149 The selection of such people to staff the JIB indicates that it was designed to perform from the outset. Taking time to train new staff was not desirable; retaining those available and fit for purpose was key. This is indicative of the importance attached to the JIB’s mission. It is apparent that many believed the continuation of the ISTD, MEW, and IS(O)’s work was of crucial importance to future defence issues and was best examined centrally, by the most experienced 143 Strong, Intelligence at the Top, 223.

27 Wark, The Ultimate Enemy, 159. 28 Hinsley, British Intelligence in the Second World War, 1: 31–2. 29 Hinsley, British Intelligence in the Second World War, 1: 33. ’30 And with the outbreak of war MEW intelligence served two purposes: support for economic warfare, and studying the economic condition of Germany. 31 Initially, the Blockade Branch was the priority. 33 It received an overwhelming amount of intelligence from a variety of sources, all of which had to be collated. 34 They also studied the movement of contraband, and cooperated with other agencies in working to counter it.

83 The proposals were considered a ‘rough outline’, and the final outcome was quite different in several respects. It was, for example, suggested that the Bureau would be under SIS Director ‘C’s’ control, as the Bureau would draw most of its information from SIS and GCHQ; the eventual arrangement was a Director who sat on the JIC and subordinate to the Minister of Defence. But most significant is the omission of a serious discussion of the future of economic intelligence, which was, as noted, a pressing concern.

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