“Thou Shalt Never Change… Thou Shalt Change”: The lack of in-depth understanding about objects researched by the intelligence community.

On both sides of the Atlantic, the intelligence bodies, especially those in charge of research and analysis, have been experiencing a profound crisis in recent decades. This is a crisis rooted in questions of destiny and identity.
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Intelligence in Theory and in Practices

The journal Intelligence – in Theory and in Practice is an outcome of the idea that the Israeli Intelligence Community Commemoration and Heritage Center, as a joint body for the entire intelligence community, should and can contribute to developing a methodological conversation on intelligence practice.
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Collection of Information about ISIS: Opportunities and Challenges*

The situation of the campaign against ISIS, as of the summer of 2016, is complex: on the one hand, ISIS is sustaining losses from the coalition airstrikes. It is also losing some of the territories under its control in Syria, Iraq, and Libya, as a result of ground attacks carried out by local armies and
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Intelligence and Decision Making: the IDF Leaving Lebanon as a Case Study

Brig. Gen. (ret.) Amos Gilboa’s book, The True Story of How Israel Left Lebanon (May 2000) Code Name “Dawn”, was published recently. The book deals with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak’s decision to leave Lebanon and the way it was implemented. The author, Amos Gilboa, is a senior member of the Israeli intelligence community and
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Crucial Warning Goes Unheeded – The Story of a Forgotten Intelligence Episode, October 5, 1973

Brigadier General (res.) Amos Gilboa has served in a variety of senior intelligence positions, one of which was head of the Research Division of Aman (Military Intelligence) (1982-1984). He has conducted many studies on intelligence issues (some of them still classified), some of which deal with the Yom Kippur War.
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Intelligence

Intelligence communities around the world and in Israel make a vital and unique contribution to the decision-making process at all levels. For better or worse, the intelligence product affects decisions related to war and peace, military operations and political moves. Intelligence systems are complex and problematic.  Therefore, deficiencies and failures are often found in the performance of the central intelligence components in the processes of intelligence collection and research, in the operational and preventive processes, and in the area of cooperation and coordination between the agencies. Sometimes these deficiencies have serious consequences.

In light of the above, there has been growing interest in the methodological research of intelligence on the part of the intelligence organizations themselves, as well as by research institutes, academic institutions and governmental entities in many countries. Methodological research of all the various aspects of intelligence is now more relevant than ever before. This is because intelligence, and in particular the research and evaluation of intelligence, have undergone a fundamental change in recent years. Instead of engaging in traditional research work alone, intelligence research now includes researching organizations, trends, social media and public opinion. This situation presents an enormous challenge for intelligence researchers, requiring them to acquire new skills that are different from those required of them in the past. They also raise basic questions about the balance between the traditional research methods and new research, and the new skills required from the intelligence researcher of today.

In the wake of this interest, many studies and analyses are written, in an attempt to understand the nature and complexity of intelligence activity, the problems related to the function of the intelligence community, its capabilities and weaknesses, its connection with other systems, and above all to examine what can be done to correct and improve its performance.