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ICSR Future Actions Series: The Changing Security and Intelligence Landscape in the 21st Century


In the second paper of the ICSR Future Actions Series, Intelligence Analyst Kevin O’Brien presents an insightful look at the evolution of national security intelligence, through dramatic organisational and technological changes in recent years. O’Brien points out the rapid disapperance of borders between domestic and foreign security threats, and the corresponding evolution in relationships among security and intelligence agencies focusing on these areas.

Meanwhile, rapid technological revolution and the growth of cyberspace has fundamentally changed the way that agencies can utilize and share data, presenting both opportunities for change and potential for failure if security threats are able to make better use of them. O’Brien describes ten specific strategic challenges to today’s security and intelligence system, and calls for dramatic change in order to overcome weaknesses and inadequacies in current structures.