'The Royal Navy, Intelligence and the Spanish Civil War: Lessons in Air Power, 1936-39'

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Abstract

This article discusses the Royal Navy (RN) - Royal Air Force (RAF) feud concerning the use of air power in the round through an investigation of each service's appreciations of the lessons being learned about air power during the Spanish Civil War. It reveals that despite such bodies as the Joint Intelligence Committee existing, for the processing of operational and strategic intelligence, there was very little that was joint about the way air power lessons were being used to inform RN and RAF interwar preparations for future conflict. Not only were the RN and RAF rivals, which dragged out the process and skewed the results so that they became useless for planning, but in that non-joint age each service could use the results for its own separate purposes and avoid any synergy among the services for operational and strategic effectiveness.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)238 - 263
Number of pages26
JournalIntelligence and National Security
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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