Paramilitary Intelligence

  • Roger C. Arditti
Part of the Security, Conflict and Cooperation in the Contemporary World book series (SCCCW)


This chapter considers how the military (Army and Royal Air Force) and the uniformed branch of Malaya’s police service organised themselves and used intelligence to find and apprehend their insurgent foes. It traces the various operational developments designed to increase the flow of intelligence about the insurgents, including the Ferret Force, the Civil Liaison Corps, aerial surveillance, photographic intelligence, deportation, resettlement, food denial and the use of Captured/Surrendered Enemy Personnel. Fundamentally the efforts of the paramilitary forces in Malaya to neutralise the threat posed by the insurgents was a function of the intelligence being provided by Special Branch. Other forms of intelligence and the various tactical initiatives were worthy, but as long as this human intelligence from Special was limited, the paramilitary forces would struggle to restore law and order.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roger C. Arditti
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  1. 1.Independent ScholarWraysburyUK

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