Key Organisations

This list was drawn up on the basis of input provided by the Secret Files from World Wars to Cold War Editorial Board. It is not intended to be a comprehensive catalog of all organisations mentioned in the files, but is rather a guide to the most important and most frequently mentioned organisations, committees, and sub-committees. These include organisations within British intelligence, intelligence services of allied and hostile countries, and international organisations. Also included is a list of intelligence sub-committees that reported to the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC), which provides an insight into the range of subjects discussed in JIC meetings.

Organisation Full Name Acronym Variant Name Variant Name Country
Abwehr


Germany
All-Russian Cooperative Society Ltd ARCOS

UK
Axis Planning Section APS

UK
British Directorate of Military Intelligence, Section 9
MI9
UK
British Intelligence Objectives Sub-Committee BIOS

UK
British Joint Services Mission BJSM

UK
British Security Coordination BSC

UK
Communist Party of Great Britain CPGB British Communist Party
  UK
Central Intelligence Agency CIA

USA
Committee of Imperial Defence CID

UK
Central Intelligence Group CIG

USA
Chiefs of Staff COS CSC Chiefs of Staff Committee UK
Comando Supremo
Italian High Command   Italy
Combined Intelligence Objectives Sub-Committee CIOS

UK
Communist Information Bureau Cominform Information Bureau of the Communist and Workers' Parties   International
Commonwealth Relations Office CRO

UK
Council for Mutual Economic Assistance Comecon

International
Defence Intelligence Staff DIS

UK
Deputy Chiefs of Staff DCOS

UK
Directorate of Military Intelligence DMI

UK
Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI

USA
Foreign Office FO

UK
Future Operations (Enemy) Section FO(E)S FOES
UK
Geheime Staatspolizei Gestapo

Germany
Government Code and Cypher School GC&CS

UK
Government Communications Headquarters GCHQ

UK
Obyedinennoye Gosudarstvennoye Politicheskoye Upravleniye  OGPU Joint State Political Directorate   Soviet Union
Glavnoye Razvedyvatelnoye Upravleniye  GRU State Political Directorate   Soviet Union
Indian Political Intelligence  IPI Indian Political Intelligence Office   India
Industrial Intelligence Centre IIC

UK
Industrial Intelligence in Foreign Countries Sub-Committee FCI

UK
Information Research Department  IRD

UK
Intelligence Section (Operations) IS(O)

UK
Inter-Service Intelligence Committee ISIC

UK
International Red Cross ICRC International Committee of the Red Cross   International
US Joint Chiefs of Staff JCS

USA
Joint Intelligence Bureau JIB

USA
Joint Intelligence Sub-Committee  JIC

UK
Joint Intelligence Committee (Allied Commission for Austria) JIC(ACA)

UK
Joint Intelligence Committee (Allied Force) JIC(AF)

UK
Joint Intelligence Committee (Control Commission Germany) JIC(CCG)

UK
Joint Intelligence Committee (Far East) JIC(FE)

UK
Joint Intelligence Committee (Germany) JIC(G)

UK
Joint Intelligence Committee (Middle East) JIC(ME)

UK
Joint Intelligence Committee (South East Asia Command) JIC(SEAC)

UK
Joint Intelligence Committee (Washington) JIC(W)

UK
Joint Intelligence Staff JIS

UK
Joint Planning Committee JPC

UK
Joint Planning Staff JPS

UK
Joint Staff Mission JSM

UK
League of Nations LN


Local Intelligence Committee LIC

UK
London Signals Intelligence Board LSIB

UK
Middle East Intelligence Centre MEIC Middle East Intelligence Bureau   UK
Ministry of Defence MoD

UK
Ministry of Economic Warfare MEW

UK
Narodnyi Kommissariat Vnutrennikh Del  NKVD People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs   Soviet Union
National Security Council NSC

USA
Naval Intelligence Division NID

UK
New Scotland Yard NSY

UK
North Atlantic Treaty Organisation NATO North Atlantic Alliance   International
Oberkommando der Wehrmacht OKW

Germany
Office of National Estimates ONE

USA
Office of Strategic Services OSS

USA
Committee of Permanent Secretaries on Intelligence Services PSIS

UK
Permanent Under-Secretary’s Committee  PUSC

UK
Permanent Under-Secretary’s Department  PUSD

UK
Political Intelligence Group PIG

UK
Political Warfare Executive  PWE

UK
Post-Hostilities Planning PHP

UK
Post-Hostilities Planning Staff PHPS

UK
Schutzstaffel SS

Germany
Scientific and Technical Intelligence Branch  STIB

Germany
Secret Service Bureau SSB

UK
Secret Intelligence Service SIS MI6
UK
Security Service
MI5
UK
Services Liaison Department  SLD

UK
Sicherheitsdienst SD Sicherheitsdienst des Reichsführers-SS   Germany
Situation Report Centre SRC

UK
South-East Asia Command SEAC

UK
Special Operations Executive  SOE

UK
Strategical Appreciation Committee SAC

UK
Strategic Services Unit SSU

UK
Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force SHAEF

International
Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe SHAPE

International
United Nations
UN
United Nations Organisation
  International

 

JIC Subcommittees Abbreviation Variant Name
Active Air Defence and Passive Air Defence in the Field

Ad Hoc Committee for Co-ordination of Scientific and Technical Intelligence  
Ad Hoc Committee on Carrier Pigeons

Ad Hoc Committee on the Joint Intelligence Bureau

Ad Hoc Committee on the Middle East

Advisory Committee on the Intelligence Exploitation of German Science and Industry  
Air Reconnaissance and Photographic Intelligence Sub-Committee

Air Warfare on Spain

Air Warfare Sub-Committee

BBC Monitoring Requirements Sub-Committee

Bombing and Anti-Aircraft Gunfire Experiments

Defectors Sub-Committee
Sub-committee on Defectors
Documents Panel

Evasion and Escape Sub-Committee

Exchange of Military Information Sub-Committee

Intelligence on Nuclear Weapons Sub-Committee SCINW Sub-Committee for Intelligence on Nuclear Weapons Systems
Intelligence Mobilisation Plans

Inter-Services Languages Committee

Inter-Services Topographical Department ISTD
Inter-Services Security Board ISSB
Joint Air Photographic Intelligence Board JAPIB
Joint Air Reconnaissance Intelligence Board JARIB
Joint Photographic Reconnaissance Committee JPRC
Joint Scientific and Technical Intelligence Sub-Committee JSTIC
Joint Scientific Intelligence Sub-Committee JSIC
Joint Technical Intelligence Sub-Committee JTIC
Metric Security Sub-Committee 

Security Sub-Committee

Service Attachés Sub-Committee

W/T Security Committee

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