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Title: The problem of defence intelligence
Authors: Davies, PHJ
Keywords: Defence intelligence;Britain’s defence intelligence
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Citation: Intelligence and National Security, 31, (2016)
Abstract: The following article argues that defence intelligence in general, and Britain’s Defence Intelligence organization in particular, represents an area in intelligence studies that is significantly under-investigated. It makes the case that the significance of understanding defence intelligence and DI lies not only in a general lack of illumination but because DI is subject to and prompts a range of difficulties and challenges that are either especially acute in the defence context or have ramifications for the wider intelligence community that remain to be fully appreciated. Particular attention is given to DI’s remit being divided between Ministry of Defence and national requirements, problems of fixed-sum resourcing an intelligence function with national responsibilities that is subordinate to Departmental spending structures and priorities, fraught positioning of defence intelligence in Departmental line management and finally a chronic lack of public or official interest or scrutiny. The article concludes that the UK’s experience has echoes elsewhere, notably in the United States, and that wider international study of defence intelligence is both long overdue and may have implications for understanding of national and wider intelligence institutions and processes.
URI: http://bura.brunel.ac.uk/handle/2438/11566
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02684527.2015.1115234
ISSN: 1743-9019
Appears in Collections:Dept of Politics, History and Law Research Papers

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