Intelligence officer


Intelligence officer

An intelligence officer is a person employed by an organisation to collect, compile and analyse information (known as intelligence) which is of use to that organisation. Organisations which employ intelligence officers include armed forces, police, civilian intelligence agencies and customs agencies.

Role and Responsibilities

The actual role carried out by an intelligence officer varies depending on the remit of his/her parent organization. Officers of foreign intelligence agencies (e.g. the United States' Central Intelligence Agency or the United Kingdom's Secret Intelligence Service (MI6)) may spend much of their careers abroad. Officers of domestic intelligence agencies (such as the United States' Federal Bureau of Investigation or the UK's Security Service (MI5)) are responsible for counter-terrorism, counter-espionage, counter-proliferation and the detection and prevention of serious organized crime within their own countries (although, in Britain, the Serious Organized Crime Agency has been set up to take care of serious organized crime).

Responsibilities which are common to most intelligence officers include compiling and analysing intelligence to determine the identities, intentions, capabilities and activities of hostile individuals or groups, and planning or enacting the necessary steps to disrupt or prevent such activities.

ources of Intelligence

Intelligence officers make use of a variety of sources of information, including

*Open source information (e.g. Internet, libraries, newspapers, etc.)
*Eavesdropping or telephone tapping
*Interception of communications (signals intelligence)
*Surveillance
*Covert human intelligence sources ("agents" or "moles")
*Co-operation and sharing of information with other intelligence agencies
*Interrogation

ee also

*Central Intelligence Agency
*Federal Bureau of Investigation
*National-Geospatial Intelligence Agency
*National Security Agency
*Defense Intelligence Agency
*Intelligence Bureau
*Internal Revenue Service
*British Security Service more commonly known as MI5
*Secret Intelligence Service more commonly known as MI6
*Security Service
*Government Communications Headquarters
*Serious Organised Crime Agency
*Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs


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