R.V. Jones

British physicist Reginald Victor Jones headed scientific intelligence for the British Air Staff in World War II and served as scientific adviser to the SIS. His accomplishments are many but perhaps best known is his development of methods to defeat the Germans' radar and their use of radio-beam targeting of Britain. Jones is often called "the father of scientific intelligence"; he is the namesake and first recipient of the CIA's R.V. Jones Intelligence Award. Jones died on 17 December 1997. See Ken Cormier, "EW Pioneer R.V. Jones Dies at 86,"Journal of Electronic Defense (Jan. 1998), 29-30.

Jones, R.V. "Alfred Ewing and Room 40." Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London 34 (Jul. 1979): 65-90.

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Jones, R.V. "Anglo-American Cooperation in the Wizard War." In In the Name of Intelligence: Essays in Honor of Walter Pforzheimer, eds. Hayden B. Peake and Samuel Halpern, 299-312. Washington, DC: NIBC Press, 1994.

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Jones, R.V. "An Early Epic of ELINT." Journal of Electronic Defense 6 (Jun. 1983): 75-76.

Jones, R.V. "Intelligence and Command." Intelligence and National Security 3, no. 3 (Jul. 1988): 288-298.

These are interesting but brief musings by Jones on the relationship between intelligence and decisionmakers, drawing on examples from his experience in World War II.


Jones, R.V. Reflections on Intelligence. London: Heinemann, 1989. London: Mandarin, 1990. [pb]

Surveillant 1.1 comments that Jones "comes up with a doctrine for the guidance of intelligence officers called 'minimum trespass,' which parallels the military doctrine of 'minimum force.'" For Jervis, IJI&C 4.4, "[e]ven when R.V. Jones is not at his best, he is still good." However, this book "could have benefitted from more careful editing to eliminate repetition." Petersen notes that Jones "addresses ethical concerns raised by intelligence operations," while Foot, I&NS 5.3, calls the essays "splendidly incisive."

See also, R.V. Jones, "Some Lessons in Intelligence: Enduring Principles," Studies in Intelligence 38, no. 5 (1995): 37-42. This is a speech Jones made at CIA Headquarters, 26 October 1993.

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Jones, R. V. "Scientific Intelligence." Studies in Intelligence 6, no. 3 (Summer 1962): 55-76.

This is a "minimally edited" version, annotated by T.M. Odarenko, of a speech by Jones, first published in the Journal of the United Services Institution, August 1947, pp. 352-360.


Jones, R. V. "Scientific Intelligence of the Royal Air Force in the Second World War." In The Conduct of the Air War in the Second World War: An International Comparison, ed. Horst Boog, 580-95. Oxford: Berg, 1992.


Jones, R. V. "The Scientific Intelligencer." Studies in Intelligence 6, no. 4 (Fall 1962): 37-48.

"Excerpted from Research, Vol. 9 (September 1956), pp. 347-352."


Jones, R.V. "A Sidelight on Bletchley, 1942." Intelligence and National Security 9, no. 1 (Jan. 1994): 1-11.

Includes 1942 note from Jones on reorganization.


Jones, R.V. "Some Lessons in Intelligence: Enduring Principles," Studies in Intelligence 38, no. 5 (1995): 37-42.

This is a speech Jones made at CIA Headquarters, 26 October 1993.


Jones, R.V. The Wizard War: British Scientific Intelligence, 1939-1945. New York: Coward, McCann, & Geoghegan, 1978. Most Secret War: British Scientific Intelligence 1939-1945. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1978. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1990.

Pforzheimer calls The Wizard War "important reading about the development of scientific intelligence in Britain." According to Constantinides, "[t]his is not only one of the great works on scientific intelligence in World War II but one of the great personal memoirs in intelligence literature." To Sexton, Jones "paints a fascinating picture of the intelligence process and the ways in which diverse sources complemented ULTRA."

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