Piercing the Fog: Intelligence and Army Air Forces by John F Kreis, Air Force History and Museums Program

By John F Kreis, Air Force History and Museums Program

Whilst Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and Germany and Italy joined Japan 4 days later in mentioning struggle opposed to the U.S., intelligence crucial for the military Air Forces to conduce powerful battle within the eu and Pacific theaters didn't exist. The manuscript tells the exciting tale of the way airmen construct intelligence agencies to assemble and technique information regarding the enemy and to supply and disseminate intelligence to determination makers and warfighters within the bloody, terrible crucible of warfare. extra that organizational historical past, this manuscript unearths the crucial and precious mystery position intelligence performs in successfully waging struggle. It examines international struggle II as a watershed interval for Air strength Intelligence and for the purchase and use of signs intelligence, photograph reconnaissance intelligence, human assets intelligence, and medical and technical intelligence. Air strength background and Museums application.

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S. ” The major problem in planning such an air strategy, White observed, was a lack of intelligence information for air targeting. Reporting forms used by attach& in making aeronautical assessments emphasized military matters, such as OBs, numbers and types of aircraft, and aircraft specifications. S. military attachts abroad be required to submit reports including data needed for targeting for an air bombardment strategy. S. intelligence agencies and such international corporations as Standard Oil, General Electric, and General Motors.

S. industrial system, or establishment and defense of advanced naval and air bases in Canada. S. opposition. Without forward bases, a sustained land-based strategic air offensive with relatively short-range aircraft would be impossible. "^' Out of this initial study, the ACTS officers continued an analysis of the organic economic systems that, if neutralized, would paralyze a modern state. S. electric power system as the heart of its industrial system, followed, in order of priority, by transportation (chiefly rai1roads);fuel refining and distribution, food distribution and preservation, and steel manufacturing.

S. Army’s traditional mission of defense of the coasts and sea frontiers of the United States. Several years later the Air Corps Act made a distinction between air service aviation (observation) and a GHQ Air Force that would probably be committed against an enemy before the surface forces engaged. Responsibility for coastal defense and the potential requirement for GHQ Air Force to strike before ground forces were employed assumed additional significance in 1922. S. Navy in the rather unlikely event of a REDORANGEattack.

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