Understanding the Intelligence Cycle

Edited by Mark Phythian

© 2013 – Routledge

184 pages

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About the Book

This book critically analyses the concept of the intelligence cycle, highlighting the nature and extent of its limitations and proposing alternative ways of conceptualising the intelligence process.

The concept of the intelligence cycle has been central to the study of intelligence. As Intelligence Studies has established itself as a distinctive branch of Political Science, it has generated its own foundational literature, within which the intelligence cycle has constituted a vital thread - one running through all social-science approaches to the study of intelligence and constituting a staple of professional training courses. However, there is a growing acceptance that the concept neither accurately reflects the intelligence process nor accommodates important elements of it, such as covert action, counter-intelligence and oversight.

Bringing together key authors in the field, the book considers these questions across a number of contexts: in relation to intelligence as a general concept, military intelligence, corporate/private sector intelligence and policing and criminal intelligence. A number of the contributions also go beyond discussion of the limitations of the cycle concept to propose alternative conceptualisations of the intelligence process. What emerges is a plurality of approaches that seek to advance the debate and, as a consequence, Intelligence Studies itself.

This book will be of great interest to students of intelligence studies, strategic studies, criminology and policing, security studies and IR in general, as well as to practitioners in the field.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Beyond the Intelligence Cycle?, Mark Phythian 1. The Past and Future of the Intelligence Cycle, Michael Warner 2. From Intelligence Cycle to Web of Intelligence: Complexity and the Conceptualisation of Intelligence, Peter Gill & Mark Phythian 3. Peddling Hard: Further Questions about the Intelligence Cycle in the Contemporary Era, Julian Richards 4. The Intelligence Cycle is Dead, Long Live the Intelligence Cycle: Rethinking Intelligence Fundamentals for a New Intelligence Doctrine, Philip H. J. Davies, Kristian Gustafson & Ian Rigden 5.Defining the Role of Intelligence in Cyber: A Hybrid Push and Pull, Aaron Brantly 6. Beyond the Cycle of Intelligence-Led Policing, James Sheptycki 7.The Intelligence Cycle in the Corporate World: Bespoke or Off-the-Shelf, David Strachan-Morris 8.Is it Time to Move Beyond the Intelligence Cycle? A UK Practitioner Perspective, David Omand 9.Intelligence Theory: Seeking Better Models, Arthur S. Hulnick

About the Editor

Mark Phythian is Professor of Politics in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Leicester. He is the author or editor/co-editor of twelve books.

About the Series

Studies in Intelligence

The growing interest in intelligence activities and the opening of hitherto closed archives since the end of the Cold War has stimulated this series of scholarly monographs, wartime memoirs and edited collections. With contributions from leading academics and prominent members of the intelligence community, this series has quickly become the leading forum for the academic study of intelligence.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS027000
HISTORY / Military / General
POL011000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POL012000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
POL036000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Intelligence