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Intelligence Services in the Information Age : Studies in Intelligence - Michael Herman

Intelligence Services in the Information Age

Studies in Intelligence

By: Michael Herman, Peter Hennessy (Foreword by)

Paperback Published: 16th July 2005
ISBN: 9780714681962
Number Of Pages: 268

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Intelligence was a central element of the Cold War and the need for it was expected to diminish after the USSR's collapse, yet in recent years it has been in greater demand than ever. The atrocities of 11 September and the subsequent "war on terrorism" now call for an even more intensive effort. Important questions arise on how intelligence fits into the world of increased threats, globalization and expanded international action. This volume contains the recent work on this subject by Michael Herman, British intelligence professional for 35 years and Oxford University academic. It compares intelligence with other government information services, and discusses the British intelligence system and the case for its reform. It also addresses the ethical issues raised by intelligence's methods and results: "do they on balance make for a better world or a worse one?". Other chapters explore a wide range of intelligence topics past and present, including the transatlantic relationship, the alliance strategies of Norway and New Zealand, Mrs Thatcher's "de-unionization" of British Sigint, and personal memories of the British Cabinet Office in the 1970s.

Michael Herman argues for intelligence professionalism as a contribution to international security and for its encouragement as a world standard. The modern challenge is for intelligence to support international cooperation in ways originally developed to advance national interests, while at the same time developing some restraint and international "rules of the game", in the use of intrusive and covert methods on its traditional targets. The effects of 11 September on this challenge are discussed in a thoughtful afterword.

Intelligence and information: the essence of intelligence
intelligence and diplomacy
intelligence and the revolution in military affairs
Living with the US: British and other systems
British intelligence in the new century - issues and opportunities
the joint intelligence committee in perspective
British and American systems - a study in contrasts?
Norway as an intelligence ally
New Zealand's alliance - an antipodean dilemma
Historical lessons: The Cold War - did intelligence make a difference?
up from the country - cabinet office impressions 1972-75
the effects of secrecy
GCHQ de-unionization
collectors, analysts and customers in the Cold War
Intelligence and a better world: intelligence and international ethics
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ISBN: 9780714681962
ISBN-10: 0714681962
Series: Studies in Intelligence
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 16th July 2005
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1