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Selection of targets for attack would require further analysis to determine their degree of residual capability or cushion, their recuperative capability, a country's dispersal potential, and a host of other factors. In short, 27 Piercing the Fog target determination would require the skills of thoroughly competent intelligence officers aided by economists, statisticians, and technical experts. Acquisition and Evaluation of Air Intelligence: Developments in Europe and Asia As the world moved toward war in the late 1930s, the number of officers serving abroad as military attaches or assistant military attaches increased to thirty-two as the realization of air warfare potential grew.
Col. Walter R. Weaver, chief of the Information Division, complained to the acting executive officer of the 22 Early Intelligence Organization OCAC that the Plans Division was exceeding its authority by collecting and evaluating intelligence on foreign military forces. Plans Division responded by pointing out that the Information Division had failed to provide the necessary data. 34 Maj. Gen. Benjamin D. 36This controversy between Plans and Information in mid- 1933 was to a certain extent only a small paper storm, but it reflected the buffeting institutional air intelligence would take in debates that would arise later in the decade as a result of strategic air planning.
That did make engineering analyses of foreign aircraft. We used their estimates fairly extensively . . ”63 31 Piercing the Fog On the other side of the globe, military attaches reported diligently, if not always accurately, aviation developments in Europe. Over the course of two tours as an assistant military attache, Brig. Gen. Martin F. Scanlon, Air Corps, spent most of the 1930s in London. His personal diaries were replete with an active social life, and his dispatches revealed an initial British aloofness that warmed to friendship and confidentiality with the rise of the German Lujhuffe.