Talk:Office of Naval Intelligence

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The Office of Naval Intelligence was born on 23 March 1882, the brainchild of Theodorus Bailey Myers Mason. At that time, the US Navy was in danger of becoming a force in name only. Because advancements in naval science and technology were not officially encouraged, the US Navy could not compete with those of Europe, where research into ship design, construction techniques, propulsion, and weapons resulted in the development of new concepts that were then applied in support of their navies. In the United States, any information collected on foreign developments accumulated in the respective Navy Bureaus, with little or no coordination between them. Conflicting theories and views abounded; a consensus of opinion was impossible. LT Mason believed the Navy should assign naval attaches to embassies and legations throughout the world to collect intelligence on advances in naval science. He also recommended that a section be created in the Office of the Secretary of the Navy to assemble, correlate, and distribute reports on the intelligence gathered. United States Secretary of the Navy William H. Hunt eventually heard and agreed with most of LT Mason's recommendations, and consequently issued General order Number 292, which founded the Office of Naval Intelligence. This makes ONI the oldest United States intelligence organization, to "collect and record such naval information as may be useful to the Department in wartime as well as in peace." ONI is primarily a management organization that represents the Navy to the rest of the United States intelligence community, conducts liaison with foreign naval intelligence organizations, produces some intelligence studies or estimates, supervises submarine reconnaissance operations, and directs the activities of the various naval organizations that collect and produce intelligence. --Tony Hecht 20:49, 5 Jun 2005 (UTC)

I know it has been a while. I will work on the article as I can. Still need to find from the ONI Command Historian about some public domain issues, and is tied up with my work to start an entry on Theodorus Bailey Myers Mason. --Tony Hecht 05:19, 20 August 2005 (UTC)[reply]


Charles H. Davis, Chief Intelligence Officer[edit]

I can't seem to find a extensive bio of Charles H. Davis, the third Chief Intelligence Officer who succeeded Raymond P. Rodgers. The only Charles H. Davis I can find is Admiral Charles Henry Davis (1807-1877). I only found a few citations on our Charles Davis, including a photograph of him at his desk. Could somebody provide more details about him? RashBold 23:08, 9 October 2005 (UTC)[reply]

Come on, get rid of this "Halo" nonsense[edit]

Can someone keep this stupid bit about a video game fictional intelligence agency on a US Navy agency's page? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:48, 10 March 2008 (UTC)[reply]

Done. YLee (talk) 08:22, 26 July 2009 (UTC)[reply]

"RADM" ?[edit]

Could someone with something like AWB change all the "RADM"s to links, similar to the 1st ½ of the list? (talk) 07:52, 22 November 2008 (UTC)[reply]


How exactly does ONI gather intelligence? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:13, 21 December 2012 (UTC)[reply]

They operate with google maps :). They gather intelligence via remote operatives in deep cover, surveillance devices along with first hand accounts from marines and seaman. (talk) 19:26, 31 March 2013 (UTC)[reply]