So, what exactly is ‘Intelligence’…?
If you type ‘Intelligence’ into Google you’re likely to get a whole page of varied results. About 364 million different results to be exact. The majority of these results refer to intelligence in regards to cognitive function, mental ability and the application of knowledge.
So let’s be clear what we’re talking about:
Intelligence, for our purposes is information of military, economic or political value that is collected, processed and analysed to inform our actions to provide an advantage.
We refer to Intelligence as the practice of collecting secret or classified information to gain an insight to our adversary’s thoughts, intentions and actions for our own benefit.
In essence, intelligence is the practice of revealing their secrets while protecting our own.