The British Army, information management and the First World War revolution in military affairs

Hall, BH 2018, 'The British Army, information management and the First World War revolution in military affairs' , The Journal of Strategic Studies .

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Abstract

Information Management (IM) – the systematic ordering, processing and channelling of information within organisations – forms a critical component of modern military command and control systems. As a subject of scholarly enquiry, however, the history of military IM has been relatively poorly served. Employing new and under-utilised archival sources, this article takes the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) of the First World War as its case study and assesses the extent to which its IM system contributed to the emergence of the modern battlefield in 1918. It argues that the demands of fighting a modern war resulted in a general, but not universal, improvement in the BEF’s IM techniques, which in turn laid the groundwork, albeit in embryonic form, for the IM systems of modern armies.
KEY WORDS: British Army, Information Management, First World War, Revolution in Military Affairs, Adaptation

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media
Journal or Publication Title: The Journal of Strategic Studies
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0140-2390
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Depositing User: Dr Brian Hall
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2018 14:32
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2018 08:25
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/47962

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