Status Quo Ante
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This chapter considers the legacy provided to post-war planners by Britain’s experiences of managing intelligence during the Second World War, particularly the development of the Joint Intelligence Committee. These experiences, not least in the Middle East, provided proof to planners that the JIC could be exported to other parts of the world. Further, MI5’s Security Intelligence Middle East provided a model to manage security intelligence on a regional basis. Although the British exported the concept of the JIC to the Far East during the war, the emphasis was on defence intelligence and therefore not nearly as holistic as in the Middle East. The result was that officials had infirm foundations upon which to base their newly created intelligence structures in the post-war Far East.