By A. Svendsen

An insightful exploration of intelligence cooperation (officially referred to as liaison), together with its overseas dimensions. This booklet deals a unique knowing of this strategy, important to these keen on serious details flows, resembling intelligence, danger, difficulty and emergency managers.

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204–206; for the USA, Lowenthal, 2006, pp. 11–29; Tidd, 2008; Warner, 2010). In the intelligence context, liaison can be seen as a technical term and indeed as part of the specialist vernacular of alliances. But much more is meant (Svendsen, 2009c). 0), above). During these processes, intelligence evolved from its origins as Contributing towards the professionalization of intelligence cooperation 17 an ‘amateur’, and ad hoc practice, to a more distinct, respected, even legitimate, civilianized, business-like, regularized, institutionalized, and official activity (see also Agrell, 2012, p.

1; for background, Svendsen, 2010a, p. 1). ’ (Butler Committee, 2004, p. 2) Neither could the UK Committee draw upon the US Commission’s final findings into US intelligence on WMD as a resource for their inquiry. This was because the timings did not work out, as the Butler Committee had to report approximately nine months earlier, during July 2004, rather than at the end of March 2005. While perhaps qualitatively useful, this UK–US intelligence inquiry liaison was ultimately perhaps not so quantitatively useful, at least for the UK Butler Committee, as they had less US material to draw upon.

Robb-Silberman Commission, 2005, p. 46) Some barriers were broken down. 4 Accountability & oversight conclusions Ultimately, however, despite some more recent limited opening up providing insights into liaison, overall paucities in understanding remain. There is a substantial, persistent deficit in the oversight and accountability of multidimensional intelligence liaison. In the process, this raises a number of concerns, some of which have already been discussed. These include pertinent questions surrounding the extent of review to which these relationships are subjected (Aldrich, 2009a; Bennett, 2009).

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