By Huw Dylan
Through the moment global battle British intelligence supplied politicians and squaddies with valuable wisdom. Britain was firm to keep up this virtue following victory, however the wartime equipment was once uneconomical, unwieldy, and fallacious for peace. Drawing on oral testimony, foreign records, and personal papers, Defence Intelligence and the chilly War offers the 1st heritage of the hitherto little-known service provider designed to maintain and boost British power in army and military-related intelligence for the chilly conflict: the Joint Intelligence Bureau (JIB).
Headed by means of normal Eisenhower's wartime intelligence guy, significant basic Kenneth robust, the JIB was once valuable to the project to secret agent on and comprehend the Soviet Union, and the wider Communist global. It did so from its construction in 1946 to its lead to 1964, whilst it shaped a valuable component to the hot Defence Intelligence employees. This quantity unearths hitherto hidden points of Britain's challenge to map the Soviet Union for nuclear conflict, the fight to appreciate and include 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 risk within the Fifties and Nineteen Sixties. The JIB's devoted paintings in those fields gained it the help of a few politicians and armed forces males, however the enmity of others who observed the centralised agency as a danger to conventional army intelligence. The intelligence officials of the JIB waged chilly struggle not just with Communist adversaries but in addition in Whitehall.
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64 Herman, Draft paper on ‘The Postwar Organisation of Intelligence: The 1945 Joint Intelligence Committee Report on “The Intelligence Machine” ’ (unpublished). I am indebted to Michael Herman for allowing me to read his hitherto unpublished work. 65 Noel Annan, Changing Enemies, 17; Cradock, Know Your Enemy, 12. Goodman, ‘Learning to Walk: The Origins of the UK’s Joint Intelligence Committee’, International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence 21 (1) (2008), 46–7. 67 Aldrich, ‘Secret Intelligence for a Post-War World’, 16.
70 Capel-Dunn was sympathetic to the need to maintain this capability, but was sceptical about the merits of housing it in a small section in the Foreign Office. 71 He believed that it was impossible to consider the question of economic intelligence separate from intelligence as a whole. 72 His suggestion was welcomed by several members of the JIC, each of whom set out simultaneously to defend the interests of his particular service. 74 But everyone agreed that the improvements in efficiency and cooperation developed during the war, and the central role of the JIC, should be maintained.
Pressure from the Treasury forced changes to this design. The Treasury had harried the plans for the JIB from the outset. 157 Early in 1946 the Treasury spanner ensured that the JIB would initially be established on a ‘skeleton and experimental basis’. Only the Central and General Divisions, JIB 2 and 1 respectively, would be fully or almost fully manned upon establishment. The provisional staff was cut to 129. This was considered adequate to ‘enable the 150 Strong, Intelligence at the Top, 223.