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Evolution of a Relationship—The Foundations of Anglo-American Intelligence Sharing

Evolution of a Relationship—The Foundations of Anglo-American Intelligence Sharing

Dr. Michael S. Goodman

 If there was one constant to any account of postwar British foreign policy, it is the centrality of the United States. In the past 20 years, the im­portance and role of the intelligence relationship that underpins this factor have become more prevalent. Yet, attention is often focused on specific aspects. The 1946 UK-USA Agree­ment, for instance, which provided the backbone to the sharing of signals intelligence to this day, is often cited as the central pillar of the special intelligence relationship. Similarly, in episodic instances the covert relation­ship is cited, with notable examples including the restoration to power of the shah of Iran in 1953 and the run­ning of agents like Oleg Penkovksy.

The analytical intelligence rela­tionship, however, has received far less attention. This article seeks to fill this lacuna by concentrating on the origins and early evolution of the relationship that developed between the two preeminent analytical bodies in both countries, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the United States and the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) in the United Kingdom.

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Posted: Jul 10, 2015 11:30 AM
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