Accession Number:

ADA495385

Title:

Intelligence in Denied Areas: New Concepts for a Changing Security Environment

Descriptive Note:

Monograph

Corporate Author:

JOINT SPECIAL OPERATIONS UNIV HURLBURT FIELD FL

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2007-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

59.0

Abstract:

This monograph focuses on intelligence operations within denied areas and how these operations today differ from those of the Cold War period. Today, the preeminent threats are transnational, violent terrorist groups that operate under the cover of failed or weak states, or under the civil protections afforded in western liberal democracies. Howard focuses on the operational environments in failed or weak states as he discusses ways to improve intelligence targeting and collection in these challenging areas. The congressionally mandated 911 Commission highlighted shortcomings in U.S. intelligence capabilities. In particular, the commission emphasized the need to refocus the intelligence community to overcome institutional biases toward technical intelligence collection. This monograph agrees with this assessment and explores four different -- and arguably controversial -- means of gaining intelligence in ungoverned areas of failed and failing states -- the post-Cold War denied areas. Presented in four sections, the paper elaborates on different groups that have the ability to gather intelligence on terrorists -- particularly Al Qaeda -- in areas where traditional intelligence collectors have difficulty operating. The first section describes how criminals and criminal cartels could be used as intelligence gatherers -- a controversial but historically not-unheard-of source. The second section explains how ethnic diasporas could be leveraged to gain intelligence. The third section evaluates the possibility of nongovernmental organizations NGOs cooperating with intelligence services for mutually beneficial reasons. Finally, the fourth section reexamines the Special Operations Forces for Life program, a discarded concept that has unique intelligence collection possibilities.

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law
  • Military Intelligence
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE