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By Peter Jackson, Jennifer Siegel

Intelligence hasn't ever been a extra vital consider overseas affairs than it really is this day. because the finish of the second one international conflict, massive intelligence bureaucracies have emerged to play an more and more vital position within the making of nationwide coverage inside of all significant states. one of many greatest difficulties in the modern brooding about intelligence and diplomacy is a scarcity of historic context. Observers many times touch upon the demanding situations dealing with intelligence groups with out reflecting at the ancient forces that experience formed those groups during the last centuries. As awarded during this quantity, new views at the evolution of intelligence prone and intelligence perform during the last two hundred years can merely increase ongoing debates over how top to reform nationwide intelligence structures.The practices of battle and foreign politics have been remodeled via the conflicts of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic period. some of the most very important results of this change was once the slow emergence of everlasting and more and more professionalized intelligence prone in the army and overseas coverage institutions of the good Powers. The contributions during this quantity reflect on the motives and effects of this development in addition to its impression on conflict, approach, and statecraft. the increase of everlasting intelligence bureaucracies has mixed with technological growth to rework practices of intelligence assortment and research that experience remained primarily unchanged because the Roman period. eventually, besides the fact that, the character and boundaries of intelligence have remained consistent, rendering intelligence very little more suitable in decreasing uncertainty on the beginning of the twenty first century than in centuries previous.

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But intelligence agents posted outside the USSR also functioned as political actors in their own right. During the 1920s, in particular, OGPU agents operated through the Comintern to organize and finance revolutionary subversion abroad and, in many cases, played a central role in the direction of foreign Communist parties. Moreover, many members of the Communist parties of Europe and North America also worked for Soviet intelligence during this period. 71 Intelligence organization had therefore evolved considerably in Europe by the outbreak of the Second World War.

Staff officers were charged with the preparation of strategic appreciations based on the synthesis and analysis of all relevant information, including received intelligence. This was a major advance from the previous era, when raw intelligence on strategic and operational issues was nearly always analyzed by political leaders and field commanders. 52 A final important innovation was the gradual institutionalization of the military attaché. The role of attachés (military observers accredited to foreign governments) was initially to report on strictly military issues in the state to which they were posted.

A recent variation of this trend is the use of intelligence information to justify preemptive military action to the public in an attempt to build support for a chosen policy. Although the use of intelligence as a tool in the exercise of power is fraught with potential problems, it will almost certainly continue. Intelligence ser- Historical Reflections on the Uses and Limits of Intelligence 17 vices have almost always been involved in covert operations. This is because intelligence networks often offer the best, and sometimes the only, means of acquiring the information needed for planning and executing of secret interventions.

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