Document Title Evill Report: Papers on Sir Douglas Evill's Review of the Intelligence Organisations in 1947; Report and the Implementation of his Recommendations
Reference CAB 163/7
Conflicts Cold War
Themes Intelligence Organisation and Administration
Regions Africa, East Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, North America, Pacific, South Asia
Countries Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, India, Japan, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Russia, South Africa, Soviet Union, United Kingdom, United States of America
Document Type Reports, Correspondence, Memoranda
Organisations Central Intelligence Agency, Chiefs of Staff, Foreign Office, Inter-Service Intelligence Committee, Joint Intelligence Bureau, Joint Intelligence Sub-Committee, Joint Intelligence Staff, Joint Planning Staff, Ministry of Defence, National Security Council, Scientific and Technical Intelligence Branch, Secret Intelligence Service, Security Service, Services Liaison Department, Joint Air Photographic Intelligence Board, Security Sub-Committee
People John Gardiner, Paul Gleadell, William Hayter, Leslie Hollis, Guy Liddell, Stewart Menzies, Edward Parry, Lawrence Pendred, Percy Sillitoe, Kenneth Strong, Gerald Templer


This file contains the Evill Report and related correspondence and papers. In 1947, Sir Douglas Evill was commissioned to review British intelligence organisation, and produced this report on his findings in November of that year. Sir Douglas highlighted the inadequacies of the present intelligence organisation, focussing especially on the need for better scientific and technical intelligence and more political and military intelligence on the Soviet Union. His report makes a number of recommendations which were adopted by British intelligence over the following months, such as the creation of a new Joint Intelligence Sub-Committee (JIC) charter; the clarification of the role of the JIC chairman; and the expansion and reorganisation of the Joint Scientific Intelligence Committee. The report also includes diagrams of the British intelligence structure, a table of recommended changes, and an analysis of American intelligence organisation for comparison.


British intelligence organisation, intelligence services responsibilities, intelligence channels, intelligence reports, defence, intelligence requirements, Joint Intelligence Sub-Committee duties, technology, scientific research, military intelligence, personnel, scientific experts, manpower, security, information sharing, liaison, American intelligence services, Anglo-American relations, airfields, inter-services cooperation, photographic reconnaissance, aerial reconnaissance, mobilisation, finances, political intelligence, predicting enemy intentions, assessing enemy strength, weapons development, war preparations, colonies, empire, atomic warfare, biological warfare, chemical warfare

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