GCHQ and British External Policy in the 1960s

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Abstract

This study examines the role played by GCHQ during the 1960s. It looks at GCHQ's overseas Sigint collection network, its relationship with the NSA and the problems caused by decolonization, economic crisis and military withdrawal from East of Suez. The paper also discusses GCHQ's intelligence targets in the 1960s, its codebreaking successes and assesses how important Sigint was for British policy towards France, Egypt and Indonesia. It concludes that while Sigint gave Britain tactical benefits in dealing with France and Egypt it was only in the case of Indonesia that Sigint helped Britain to achieve its strategic goals.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)681-706
Number of pages26
JournalIntelligence and National Security
Volume23
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2008

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