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A Director of Intelligence should be responsible chiefly for appreciating information. ’ Morton went on to note the too-rigid separation of intelligence from planning, and recommended as a remedy the establishment of an ‘Intelligence Executive’ (not a Chiefs of Staff Subcommittee like the JIC) composed of a Chairman and Vice-Chairman from the Ministry of Defence, and representatives from the interested services, the FO, MEW and the Colonial Office. The Executive would report to the Minister of Defence (Churchill), and be responsible for appreciating information available on overseas events.

1 The British Intelligence Community: Setting the Tone for OSS Many OSS members believed unquestioningly in Britain’s intelligence preeminence, and this article of faith has long permeated OSS historiography. 1 Their British counterparts no doubt encouraged such a myth; but while British experience indeed proved critical for the development of modern American intelligence, its worth was all the more impressive given the British services’ eccentric antecedents, their impoverishment, their uneven record, and their often hard-pressed operational fortunes.

The Prime Minister rapidly abandoned his earlier insistence (as First Lord) that Menzies control sabotage activities through Section D of SIS, perhaps because of his direct knowledge of Section D’s lack-lustre performance in Norway. 35 What SIS had failed to do with Section D it was hoped the new service could accomplish as part of an optimistic strategy of wearing down Germany through economic warfare, aerial bombing, and amphibious raiding, culminating eventually with a thrust into Germany and a programme of SOE-orchestrated insurrection in occupied Europe.

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