By Kurt F. Jensen
Kurt F. Jensen argues that Canada used to be a extra lively intelligence associate in the Second global War alliance than has formerly been prompt. He describes Canada’s contributions to Allied intelligence earlier than the battle started, in addition to the fantastically Canadian actions that all started from that time. He finds how the govt created an intelligence association throughout the struggle to assist Allied assets. this can be a convincing portrait of a country with an lively function in moment global warfare intelligence collecting, person who maintains to steer the structure of its present features.
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Extra resources for Cautious Beginnings: Canadian Foreign Intelligence, 1939-51
Nearly all intelligence relating to matters beyond the shores of North America seems to have come from the British War Office or the Dominions Office. During this period, Canadian military intelligence, an area greatly overlapping with foreign intelligence in methods, sources, and focus, was little more than a library receiving and filing British reports, which were often unread. The root cause of the poor quality of Canadian military intelligence was the paucity of resources. With very limited staff dedicated to intelligence matters, it was all they could do to keep their heads above water.
41 The breakdown in co-operation between the army and navy in allotting resources to the project was just one of many setbacks experienced during the early SIGINT efforts. Nevertheless, had preparations for SIGINT gathering not begun until after September 1939, the implications for the North Atlantic U-boat war would have been greater. Major Macklin and Colonel Crerar were exceptional for their time in having the foresight to argue persuasively for the establishment of a Canadian SIGINT facility in the face of 29 30 Foreign Intelligence at the Beginning of the War great competition for limited military funding and insufficient understanding of the importance of the future wireless war.
G. 28 Taking advantage of Mackenzie King’s 1937 rearmament initiative, which included a decision to prepare coastal defences, Macklin set out, under the rubric of the coastal study, to make a case for establishing a comprehensive system for wireless intelligence gathering in Canada. At the time, wireless intelligence was restricted to the derivation of information from the nature of the signals intercepted, or to the deduction of information from the number, nature, activity, and frequency of stations heard.
Cautious Beginnings: Canadian Foreign Intelligence, 1939-51 by Kurt F. Jensen