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National Intelligence Systems: Current Research and Future Prospects [Kindle Edition]

Gregory F. Treverton , Wilhelm Agrell

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A series of investigations, especially in Great Britain and the United States, have focused attention on the performance of national intelligence services. At the same time, terrorism and a broad span of trans-national security challenges has highlighted the crucial role of intelligence. This book takes stock of the underlying intellectual sub-structure of intelligence. For intelligence, as for other areas of policy, serious intellectual inquiry is the basis for improving the performance of real-world institutions. The volume explores intelligence from an intellectual perspective, not an organizational one. Instead the book identifies themes that run through these applications, such as the lack of comprehensive theories, the unclear relations between providers and users of intelligence, and the predominance of bureaucratic organizations driven by collection. A key element is the development, or rather non-development, of intelligence toward an established set of methods and standards and, above all, an ongoing scientific discourse.

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'This valuable book, written from five distinct national perspectives, is a landmark contribution. Its original and experienced thinking is essential reading for people concerned about re-inventing democratic intelligence for today's assymetrical challenges.' Anthony Campbell, Former Head of Intelligence Analysis in the Canadian Privy Council (Cabinet) Office

'What are intelligence's special characteristics? What are the intellectual foundations for what it does? Here is a heavyweight attempt to develop answers to these key questions, for all concerned with intelligence everywhere.' Michael Herman, Founder Director, Oxford Intelligence Group

'An outstanding collection that brings together many of the most talented scholars working on intelligence and security issues today in a wide-ranging survey of the state of the field. The wide range of approaches and the variety of topics covered ensure that this volume will be indispensable for both teaching and research for years to come.' Peter Jackson, Aberystwyth University, UK

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A series of investigations have focused attention on the performance of national intelligence services. At the same time, terrorism and a broad span of trans-national security challenges has highlighted the crucial role of intelligence. This book takes stock of the underlying intellectual sub-structure of intelligence.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1346 KB
  • Print Length: 303 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0521518571
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (1 April 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004K6M8UU
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating update on intelligence 20 Feb. 2010
By John Matlock - Published on Amazon.com
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It is clear from 9-11 and the Weapons of Mass Destruction debacles that it is time, more than time, for a deeper analysis and understanding of intelligence agencies and their actions.

There have been basic changes in the kinds of intelligence needed and even more changed needed in the analysis. During the cold war the main intelligence collection resources was space based satellites that could measure how many ICBMs or submarines the bad guys had. When instead the bad guys are a few people working in a garage or apartment somewhere all those pictures from space don't do much good.

Doctors Treverton and Agrell have collected writings from experts around the world. About half of them are from the US, the rest from Western Europe. As you would expect the writing quality and the content vary somewhat with the author. I was most impressed with Jeffrey Richelson's article on technical collection in the post 9-11 world. Maybe technical collection isn't as useless as I first thought.
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