Great Britain. Committee of Imperial Defence

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Great Britain. Committee of Imperial Defence

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The Committee of Imperial Defence (CID) was formed in 1902 as an advisory body. In 1904 it was completely reconstituted, and given a permanent secreteriat. With the assistance of its subcommittees (Colonial Defence, Home Ports Defence, Coordination of Departmental Action and Air), the CID formulated general principles on which the British Cabinet could base its defence policy. The CID also made detailed plans for the effective co-ordination of naval, military and civil authorities in the event of war. The activities of the CID were virtually suspended during the First World War, after which they resumed. The committee met regularly from 1922 onwards, until the CID was absorbed into the newly-formed War Cabinet in 1939. The CID was not revived after the Second World War, and many of its former concerns passed to the new Minister of Defence.

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