Date of Award

Fall 1995

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Director

Carl Boyd

Committee Member

Craig M. Cameron

Committee Member

Michael Hucles

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.H47 B747


Throughout the period between the two world wars, Great Britain and the United States were embroiled in an imperialistic rivalry focused heavily in East Asia. The strong sense of competition and mistrust between the navies of the two nations hindered the development of close cooperation as war became imminent in the late 1930s. This state of affairs encompassed every aspect of naval operations, including signal intelligence whose officials sought to forge a working relationship beneficial to both countries in the opening days of the Second world War. Old prejudices and outdated perceptions of national interest were difficult to overcome even in the face of necessity and desperation caused by the widely successful Axis advances around the world. Two decades of intense rivalry and distrust were put aside at last when a truly functional signal intelligence agreement was signed by the United States and Great Britain in October 1942.


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