Managing Intelligence

Title:                      Managing Intelligence

Author:                 John Buckley

Buckley, John (2014). Managing Intelligence: A Guide for Law Enforcement Professionals. Boca Raton: CRC Press

LCCN:    2013014923

HD30.2 .B835 2014


  • The concept of managing intelligence — Intelligence in context — Understanding intelligence — Human rights, legislation and ethics — Psychology and intelligence management — The intelligence cycle (revisited) — Building an intelligence management system — Analysis — Intelligence originating from traditional law enforcement activities — Intelligence from covert operations — Using intelligence — Challenges and the way ahead — References.


Date Posted:      March 23, 2016

Reviewed by Joshua Sinai, Ph. D.[1]

Written by a veteran practitioner in intelligence and law enforcement in Britain, this authoritative and well-written handbook presents an overview of how intelligence is managed in law enforcement: the importance and relevance of various types of intelligence {ranging from law enforcement to military); the role of operational intelligence; the psychology of conducting intelligence analysis (such as cognitive and hindsight biases); the nature of the intelligence cycle, including setting operational and tactical priorities; formulating collection requirements from covert and open sources; the nature of intelligence analysis, including limitations and misconceptions in such analysis, the benefits of data visualization, conducting gap analysis, profiling targets, conducting social network, spatial, and financial analyses, and other types of threat analyses; and the way ahead in terms of standardizing and coordinating intelligence in fusion centers and other future challenges. Of particular interest to the counterterrorism community are the sections on terrorism, law enforcement and intelligence, in which the author writes that “Gathering intelligence on terrorism is similar to gathering intelligence on any other group,” except with “notable differences” such as the fact that the “psyche of a terrorist” differs from that of a criminal, that “Intelligence with regard to terrorism is more likely to be fragmentary and sparse,” (pp. 44-45) as well as “relatively short on specifics but full of generalities.” (p. 449)

[1] Sinai, Joshua in The Intelligencer: Journal of U. S. Intelligence Studies (20, 2, Fall/Winter, 2013, p. 120). These reviews present books which examine national security issues that need to be considered in terrorism and counterterrorism analysis. Joshua Sinai is a Washington, DC-based consultant on counterterrorism studies. He can be reached at: Joshua.sinai@

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