Intelligence serves to inform different customers.
While the need for intelligence originated from warfare, in recent times the practice intelligence has evolved to include various ‘disciplines’.
Military Intelligence seeks to develop an understanding of the environment and the enemy to inform the commanders’ plan.
Criminal Intelligence borrows from the same principals as military intelligence but applies them to the issue of policing and law enforcement.
Counter-intelligence is the ‘spy vs spy’ discipline dedicated to the identification and restriction of intelligence operations against friendly organisations.
Security Intelligence is concerned with the collection and protection of information relevant to protecting an organisation from external and inside threats.
Psychological Operations also known colloquially as PSYOPS is a discipline of intelligence that plans, develops and implements campaigns designed to convey specific or selected information to a targeted audience.
Political Intelligence is focused on the collection, and analysis of information of foreign politics.