Improving Intelligence Capabilities in Resource-Constrained Environments

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The Nobel-prize winning scientist Patrick Blackett, a key figure in British military science during World War II, argued that often the best approach in war was the better use of the weapons and equipment that armed force already had . Operating in a highly constrained resource environment, Blackett's operational scientists helped the British military to achieve numerous capability and tactical improvements through re-thinking existing approaches to problems, often as a result of more effective use of the people and technologies already available. This approach has relevance to capability development and leadership in intelligence; better use of the people, technologies and systems already available to intelligence organisations offer an achievable strategy for improving performance. Whilst many discussions over capability development focus on the acquisition of new technologies, what is often critical to the effective use of intelligence is the ability of intelligence leaders and analysts to think critically, ask insightful questions, and communicate effectively. This presentation draws on these early operational scientists' successes in providing insights into how intelligence capabilities might be improved through more effective use of the skills and technologies already available to intelligence organisations.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventAIPIO National Intelligence Forum - National Wine Centre, Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 09 Nov 201609 Nov 2016


ConferenceAIPIO National Intelligence Forum


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