Signals intelligence (SIGINT) in south Asia: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka

Author/s (editor/s):

Desmond Ball

Publication year:

1996

Publication type:

Policy paper

Canberra Papers on Strategy and Defence No. 117

This monograph is a study of signals intelligence (SIGINT) activities in South Asia. It describes the history of these activities from the early stations set up in India by the British, through intelligence operations during the Second World War and during the three India-Pakistan wars, to Sri Lanka's operations against Tamil militants. It also describes the higher command and management structures and the intelligence establishments in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka; the organisational aspects of the numerous agencies involved in SIGINT activities, and their facilities and capabilities; and it discusses die efficiency of the SIGINT organisations in the three countries, as well as their operational effectiveness.

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