Archive for: 2018

Woolwich Laboratory and Technical Intelligence

In earlier posts I highlighted some of the technical intelligence activities carried out by the Allies regarding WW2 Nazi UAVs and the acquisition of systems from the German pocket battleship, the Graf Spee. Actually, some Technical Intelligence operations go back much earlier in history. Over on another blog site here. I’ve detailed the development of…

Code, a Grave and a Secret

Hung on the wall of the IMSL office is a puzzle, which surrounds a course photograph from 1918, at the US Military school of decoding. Also in the same frame is portrait of Francis Bacon and a copy of his code “crib” sheet. I have blogged before about these matters before here. In summary, the…

New Technology, New Intelligence

New technology often enables new forms of intelligence, either directly or indirectly – and frequently in unexpected directions. Here are some examples: The development of drone technology allows the use of a drone as an intelligence gathering platform – one of the aspects of drones that the IMSL IKARUS service keeps close tabs on as…

The Graf Spee Rangefinder

In an earlier post a few years ago on this blog, I discussed the Technical Intelligence operation surrounding the recovery of intelligence from the Graf Spee. The Graf Spee was a German “pocket battleship” scuttled by the Nazis just off the port of Montevideo in 1939 after the Battle of the River Plate. The key…