A History of the Development of Technical Intelligence in the Air Force, 1917-1947: Operation Lusty (Studies in Twentieth Century American History S.

A History of the Development of Technical Intelligence in the Air Force, 1917-1947: Operation Lusty (Studies in Twentieth Century American History S.

By: Charles R. Christensen (author)Hardback

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Dr. Christensen's work offers novel insights that contribute to our general understanding of military intelligence. It frames the study of intelligence against larger developments in U.S. military, diplomatic, and domestic political history. It examines bureaucratic and inter-ser vice rivalries and shows how they affected the development of important national policies. It assesses the impact of technical developments on policy questions that confronted U.S. officers.

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Page PREFACE ix ACKNOWLEGMENT xi CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION 1 CHAPTER 2: THE EARLIEST USES OF AIR TECHNICAL INTELLIGENCE 13 a. World War I: Collecting Foreign Technology to Create an Aircraft Industry 14 b. The Interwar Period: Collecting Foreign Technology to Develop an Air Force 18 c. Preparing for War: Using Technical Intelligence for the First Threat Assessments 24 CHAPTER 3: AIR TECHNICAL INTELLIGENCE IN WORLD WAR II 35 a. Getting Organized: Training "Crash Intelligence" Officers at Wright Field 36 b. Technical Intelligence in the Pacific: The Technical Air Intelligence Center 44 c. Technical Intelligence in Europe: Collection Operations and Reorganizations 52 CHAPTER 4: PLANNING FOR AIR TECHNICAL INTELLIGENCE OPERATIONS IN GERMANY 67 a. The German Technological Threat 68 b. The Role of German Technology in General Arnold's Plan for the Postwar Air Force 76 c. Operation LUSTY is Born 80 CHAPTER 5: OPERATION LUSTY: COLLECTING GERMAN AIRCRAFT AND MISSILE TECHNOLOGY 89 a. Air Technical Intelligence Team Operations 90 b. The von Karman Mission 99 c. "Watson's Whizzers" 105 CHAPTER 6: CREATING A MODERN AIR TECHNICAL INTELLIGENCE ORGANIZATION AT WRIGHT FIELD 123 a. Defining a Postwar Mission for Technical Intelligence 125 b. Creating a Technical Intelligence Organization In Air Material Command 133 c. Air Technical Intelligence at the End of the LUSTY Exploitation Effort 151 CHAPTER 7: GERMAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE POSTWAR AIR FORCE 159 a. German Science and Technology and the Long Range Development of the Air Force 161 b. German Science and Technology and Weapons Development at Wright Field 178 c. The Impact of German Science and Technology on the Postwar Development of the Air Force 191 CHAPTER 8: CONCLUSIONS 201 BIBLIOGRAPHY 217 INDEX 223

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  • publication date: 31/12/2002
  • ISBN13: 9780773469655
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 244
  • ID: 9780773469655
  • ISBN10: 0773469656

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