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Intelligence Engineering

Operating Beyond the Conventional

Adam D. M. Svendsen

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Intelligence continues to undergo significant changes at a remarkable pace, notably developments related to ‘Big Data’, surveillance and cyber. Intelligence today involves multiagency, multinational, multidisciplinary, multidomain information sharing and sense-making, conducted by commerce, academic, government, civil society, media, law enforcement, military, and nongovernmental/nonprofit organisations. Increasingly complex systems, including interrelated technical dimensions, are central to modern defence systems. Intelligence Engineering: Operating Beyond the Conventional provides a new framework for generating analysis, exploring how systems to system-of-systems can be harnessed both for and into the future. Intelligence engineering (IE) involves the use of scientific and technical knowledge to artfully create, operate, maintain, and dismantle complex devices, machines, structures, systems, and processes that support and/or disrupt human endeavour occurring in the intelligence context. Spanning both human and technical intelligence realms, IE includes the collection and analysis of information that is of military and/or political value, and that relates to international relations, defence, and national security. Strategic Futures, risk management across to resilience concerns are similarly engaged.

As the chapters show, intelligence continues to extend further into engineering realms, including Federation of Systems and System of Systems Engineering approaches, social engineering, and so forth. System of Systems Engineering is a methodology used by the US Department of Defense, law enforcement, military, and emergency management work. It is used for information collection, allowing the sharing of research data and tools (such as software), for example in joint operations where army, navy, and air force must work together, with their systems interoperating with each other, or with coalition forces. Command and control, communications, and medical care systems are also systems that must interoperate to support operations in hostile or unstable situations. The book presents several System of Systems analysis, along with important intelligence criteria relating to specificity, timeliness, accuracy, relevance, and clarity. Risk analysis and assessment are discussed as well. This core text will offer students and practitioners a toolkit ready for use by outlining the methodology of Intelligence Engineering.
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 158Size: 6 x 9
978-1-4422-7664-2 • Hardback • March 2017 • $58.00 • (£39.95)
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Adam D. M. Svendsen is an intelligence and defence strategist, educator, and researcher. He is an associate consultant at the Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies, Denmark, and a co-founder and co-director of the Bridgehead Institute (Research & Consulting).
PART II: Improving Intelligence Engineering
Chapter 3 - The Intelligence and Operations Nexus
Chapter 4 - Advancing an IE-based Framework for Risk
PART III: Bringing it All Together
Chapter 5 - Conclusions and Other Cautions
Appendix - IE Mapping Templates
Notes
Select Bibliography
Index
Adam Svendsen provides a new intellectual framework for generating analysis that meets the standard of being comprehensively exhaustive and mutually exclusive. As a practitioner and facilitator of Strategic Foresight Analysis, I believe the various systems of systems approaches described in the book are particularly valuable in helping students be more rigorous in identifying critical forces, factors, and events likely to shape future events.
Randolph H. Pherson, former National Intelligence Officer for Latin America, CEO of Globalytica, LLC, and co-author of Structured Analytic Techniques for Intelligence Analysis


All security and intelligence scholars will find much to stimulate their thinking in this book. Its depth and scope, variety of intelligence systems explored and the advanced nature of the argument provokes considerable insight into the role of data and information in human systems. As he has done before, Svendsen once again helps us think more sophisticatedly about how modern and emergent intelligence is done. Intelligence Engineering is not only a discussion of how states seek to learn about other states or actors, but is instead a microcosm of the networked systems that we all live in today.
David J. Galbreath, Centre for War and Technology, University of Bath


• Core textbook designed for an advanced intelligence analysis-related course that explains the concept of intelligence engineering.
• Provides a new framework for generating analysis, suited to the changing world of intelligence collection and analysis.

Pedagogical Apparatus:
• Chapter abstracts
• Lists and details various Systems of System analysis approaches, with matrices on how to record data
• Case studies include cyber intelligence and IS/ISIL
• Charts and graphs

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