The Role of Intelligence in Counter-Terrorism

Ely Karmon
2002 Korean Journal of Defense Analysis  
This article analyzes the role of intelligence in the intricate fight against international terrorism at the beginning of the 21st century. First, it considers the main trends of terrorism in the decade of the 1990s, what were the changes in the mode of action by the various organizations and how the intelligence services dealt with these challenges. Then it evaluates the threats lying ahead in the future years and the technological and socio-economical developments influencing them, including
more » ... he threat of terrorist use of weapons of mass destruction. Finally, it analyzes the implications of the September 11 attacks from the operational and intelligence point of view. The work of intelligence against terrorism in the 21st century will be an arduous task, which will require a close look at new social and technological developments, an objective analysis of the new trends and threats, as well as much vision. Intelligence is essential in countering terrorism, in diminishing its tactical effects and strategic importance. The US Congress Report of the National Commission on Terrorism stressed that "good intelligence is the best weapon against international terrorism." But without a comprehensive, intelligent and firm policy of all the governments and political leaders involved, terrorism will continue to present a real threat to future generations.
doi:10.1080/10163270209464016 fatcat:35b3gy6dm5cgxbhe3zchdaas6a