Military operations often take place in conjunction with coalition forces in deployed environments. Examining operations, and operational intelligence, should provide insight into best-practice performance so long as actions and assessments are constantly being reviewed, evaluated and improved in a timely manner. Part of best-practice includes efforts to ensure that intelligence is integrated with operations and across coalition nations. Where it is difficult to distinguish between operations and intelligence this might actually be an indicator of successful integration. Challenges to integration within operations and across nations include access and sharing of information, increased complexity and the ongoing overabundance of irrelevant information. Despite these challenges, operations do continue to be undertaken indicating that (at some level) these problems are being addressed in practice. Arguably the most valuable opportunity for integrating operational intelligence across nations is the potential for genuine critique by diverse groups with shared problems and similar goals. Every interaction represents an opportunity to identify assumptions, recognise mindsets and define what is both known and unknown. These challenges and opportunities apply equally to interactions across services, organisations and agencies.
Dr Charles Vandepeer
Dr Charles Vandepeer is a Senior Lecturer in Intelligence & Security Studies at Charles Sturt University and an Adjunct Fellow at the University of Oklahoma’s Center for Intelligence & National Security. Charles is the author of Applied Thinking for Intelligence Analysis published through the Air Power Development Centre. His career has included service in the Royal Australian Air Force and as a civilian Defence Operations Research scientist. Charles completed his PhD at the University of Adelaide examining intelligence analysis and threat assessment within Australia, the United States and United Kingdom. Completing his undergraduate degree at the University of the South Pacific (Fiji), Charles gained first-hand experience in understanding the power and influence that cultures, mindsets and perspectives can have on how we interpret and interact with the world around us. His second book Asking Good Questions - A Practical Guide is currently with the printer.
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