By John Thomas Farquhar
Greater than a device of coverage makers to assemble intelligence, Air strength reconnaissance efforts formed early chilly battle doctrine and battle making plans. Dr. Farquhar argues lack of awareness on Soviet strategic functions ruled the association, operational making plans, and kit of the postwar Air strength. To help 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 conflict peripheral reconnaissance and overflights of the Soviet Union. He explains the evolution of intelligence-gathering know-how, bureaucratic progress, and a relative loss of recognition paid to digital struggle prior to the Korean battle. dependent totally on archival assets, the publication serves as an exceptional reference for air doctrine, intelligence, and digital war within the youth of the chilly struggle.
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Even more dramatic, a study titled, “The Contribution of Air Power to the Defeat of Germany” concluded, “Mastery of the air over the scene of the European conflict gave to Allied arms a singular advantage. No army ever entered a field of battle with more accurate and detailed intelligence of its adversary. The intelligence supplied by aerial reconnaissance remains one of air power’s leading contributions to the victory. ”69 Despite the accolades for reconnaissance, electronic warfare and electronic reconnaissance failed to establish a permanent foothold in the AAF organization.
16. See Kennett and Morrow for good surveys of aviation developments during the early years of the war. 17. [Edgar S. Gorrell], “Final Report of the Chief of the Air Service,” in The United States Air Service in World War I, vol. 1, ed. : US Air Force Historical Research Center, 1978), 104–5. 18. Kennett, 36; and Morrow, 151–52. 19. Mead, 82. 20. Vertical photographs referred to those taken from directly overhead, while oblique photos used a camera inclined to the earth’s surface to produce a panoramic view.
35. In British Intelligence in the Second World War, Sir Francis H. Hinsley emphasizes the organizational efforts to create a comprehensive, rational method for the entire intelligence process. 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.
A Need to Know: The Role of Air Force Reconnaissance in War Planning, 1945-1953 by John Thomas Farquhar