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Aspecte ale aportului informativ al Siguranţei Generale a Statului în campania militară din anul 1916
General State Security informative contribution to the 1916 military campaign

Author(s): Ioan Codruţ Lucinescu
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: National Institute for Intelligence Studies
Keywords: Department for General Stat Security; intelligence cooperation; Ministry of Interior; Romanian Army; intelligence gathering; Romanian Great Headquarters; First World War; Central Powers

Summary/Abstract: Until the beginning of the XXth century, there was no mention of an intelligence service in Romania. In 1908, the Department for General State Security is established within the Ministry of Interior, with the following missions: to collect intelligence within the country and to organize and perform operations in order to collect intelligence outside the country’s borders. Lacking the tradition of other states, the debut of the first global conflagration was an enormous challenge for both civilian and military Romanian intelligence. During the First World War, the Department for General Stat Security will counteract various espionage and betrayal cases, most often joint by corruption. Once the establishment of the united Romanian national state is completed, together with the operations abroad, in order to strengthen and consolidate the relations with the European allies, Romania started to build a unitary intelligence service that fits the new international political-strategical realities and its own national needs.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 08
  • Page Range: 151-164
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Romanian