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This is the first US Army manual on technical intelligence. The concept of technical intelligence developed during World War II. Technical intelligence doctrine was formalized by a series of army training circulars and other directives. Toward the end of WWII a new army Field Manual 30-15, Examination of Enemy Personnel, Repatriates, Civilians, Documents, and Materiel (June 1954) was issued, but that manual did not reflect the World War II technical intelligence experience or actual army practices. That manual was superceded by Field Manual 30-15, Examination of Personnel and Documents, 27 September 1951 and by this manual.
This manual defines technical intelligence and outlines responsibilities for collecting foreign equipment and information needed to produce technical intelligence and responsibilities for producing technical intelligence. It emphasizes the procedures needed to assure effective collection of information and proper routing of it to organizations producing technical intelligence.
The bibliography lists the various official army documents that defined organization and structure technical intelligence organizations in the field.