- 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 customsagencies.
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 Agencyor 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 Investigationor the UK's Security Service(MI5)) are responsible for counter-terrorism, counter-espionage, counter-proliferationand the detection and prevention of serious organized crimewithin their own countries (although, in Britain, the Serious Organized Crime Agencyhas 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.)
Eavesdroppingor telephone tapping
*Interception of communications (
human intelligencesources ("agents" or "moles")
*Co-operation and sharing of information with other intelligence agencies
Central Intelligence Agency
Federal Bureau of Investigation
*National-Geospatial Intelligence Agency
National Security Agency
Defense Intelligence Agency
Internal Revenue Service
British Security Servicemore commonly known as MI5
Secret Intelligence Servicemore commonly known as MI6
Government Communications Headquarters
Serious Organised Crime Agency
Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs
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