The pinprick approach: Whitehall’s top-secret anti-communist committee and the evolution of British covert action strategy

Cormac, Rory (2014) The pinprick approach: Whitehall’s top-secret anti-communist committee and the evolution of British covert action strategy. Journal of Cold War Studies, 16 (3). pp. 5-28. ISSN 1531-3298

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Abstract

This article examines Great Britain’s approach to covert action during the formative years of British Cold War intelligence operations, 1950–1951. Rather than shy away from such activity in the wake of the failure in Albania in the late 1940s, the British increased the number of operations they pursued. This was the start of a coherent strategy regarding covert activity that can be conceptualized as the “pinprick” approach. The strategy was overseen by a highly secretive Whitehall body, the Official Committee on Communism, which in effect became the government’s covert action committee. This article uses the commission’s recently declassified papers for the first time to assess the merits of this approach.

Item Type: Article
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1162/JCWS_a_00469
Depositing User: Cormac, Rory
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2016 07:24
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2016 03:56
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/35185

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