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War and Intelligence: The Catalytic Effect of Conflict


The First World War was a catalyst for the growth and consolidation of Britain's embryonic intelligence services

War has always had a transformative effect on the development of intelligence, both civil and military. Gill Bennett looks at some of the ways in which armed conflict has affected the development of British intelligence, focusing on the lessons learned during the First World War.

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WRITTEN BY

Gill Bennett OBE

Senior Associate Fellow

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