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By John Thomas Farquhar

ISBN-10: 1429455713

ISBN-13: 9781429455718

Greater than a device of coverage makers to assemble intelligence, Air strength reconnaissance efforts formed early chilly struggle doctrine and battle making plans. Dr. Farquhar argues lack of expertise on Soviet strategic services ruled the association, operational making plans, and gear of the postwar Air strength. To help his statement, Farquhar lines the improvement of aerial reconnaissance from the 1st balloon ascents via international conflict II as a prelude. He then examines early chilly warfare peripheral reconnaissance and overflights of the Soviet Union. He explains the evolution of intelligence-gathering expertise, bureaucratic development, and a relative loss of realization paid to digital conflict earlier than the Korean conflict. established totally on archival resources, the e-book serves as an exceptional reference for air doctrine, intelligence, and digital war within the adolescence of the chilly conflict.

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To accomplish this feat, the United States mobilized scientific talent and harnessed the production capacity of its vast electronics industry. The Office of Scientific Research and Development, the heart of the American electronic warfare effort, selected Dr. Frederick E. Terman from Stanford University to head the Radio Research Laboratory (RRL), which was responsible for radio and radar countermeasures (RCM). 41 Hence, there was no bureaucratic pressure from radar proponents to retard the development of radar countermeasures.

With radar, performance characteristics refer to measurements of radiated electromagnetic energy used to determine the radar’s function, range, and relative accuracy. For further details, see Appendix A, Radar Principles, in this book. 46. The nickname “Raven” derived from the code word used for radar countermeasures at the time. By 1948, the abbreviation RCM was replaced by electronic countermeasures and most electronic warfare officers were referred to as “Crows” (an American Raven). Winter, AOC Archive, file 47, 2–3, 8.

During the first two years of the war, Cotton’s exploits with a stripped-down polished Supermarine Spitfire assumed legendary proportions as he gained information unobtainable by other sources. Moreover, technicians at the RAF’s Photographic Reconnaissance Unit developed high-altitude cameras—one with a 36-inch focal length that produced high-quality photographs with clear resolution. Equally important, the British Air Ministry recruited talented, highly motivated individuals from a broad range of civilian occupations to serve as photographic interpreters.

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