doi:10.3849/1802-7199

Intelligence process: Cliché or still relevant concept?

Petr ZEMAN

The widely-spread concept of the intelligence cycle is usually considered banal. In fact, it comprises many theoretical and primarily practical issues. The paper newly defines the stages of the cycle, compares the Czech terminology to the foreign ones (namely the English one); aims to denominate some issues and suggests how to resolve them. A significant critical focus of the paper consists in discussing activities that rarely get proper attention: definition of the inputs or the tasking, primary processing of raw information, and finally some of the difficulties regarding distribution of finished intelligence to legitimate users. The paper considers correctness of the concept in the world/environs of defensive intelligence activity. Eventually, the paper confirms that the concept of the intelligence cycle is useful: it reflects a factual distribution of labour within the intelligence agencies and makes the internal self-reflection within them possible.

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Keywords
Intelligence cycle or process; decision making cycle; consumer; tasking; planning; collection; processing and exploitation; analysis and production; dissemination; explanation of estimative language; Hulnick´s counter-intelligence model.


Title in English:

Intelligence process: Cliché or still relevant concept?

Title in Czech/Slovak:

Zpravodajský cyklus – klišé nebo nosný koncept?

Author(s):

Petr ZEMAN

Type:

Article

Language:

Czech

Abstract:

English / Czech

Journal:

Obrana a strategie (Defence & Strategy)

Publisher:

University of Defence

ISSN:

ISSN 1214-6463 (print) and ISSN 1802-7199 (on-line)

DOI:

10.3849/1802-7199.10.2010.01.045-064

Issue:

Volume 10, Number 1 (June 2010)

Pages:

45-64

Received: 9 April 2010

Accepted: 9 April 2010

Published online: 15 June 2010


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