Without the leadership of then Capt Patrick Tyrrell, RN OBE, these handbooks would not exist today. He started the ball rolling, BGen Jim Cox, CA, then NATO and SHAPE Deputy J-2 organized a lecture to all the flag officers in charge of military intelligence, and finally directed SACLANT, then led by General William Kernan, USA, to create these first multinational doctrinal guides. Under the direct supervision of Admiral Sir William Pewone, RN, this was done over the course of two years. Below is the white paper and lecture that started it all.
Peter Fuchs, then the Secreary General, was very gracious in coming to speak to the third annual international conference. His most memorable remark was along the following lines: “The media has an attention span of one war at a time. The Red Cross this year is active within 34 armed conflicts.” Most people, especially those from organizations devoted to stealing secrets about seven hard targets (denied areas) while ignoring the challenge of global coverage, had no idea. Below are his prepared remarks as delivered.