The Wide-Reaching Impacts of Intelligence Activities
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The research in this thesis explores the wide reaching impacts of intelligence activities outside the enclave of the international intelligence community. Chapter one explores the impact U.S. intelligence analysis had on the Cold War policy of attempting to enact regime change in other countries. Through a series of case studies, it is determined that intelligence analysis was likely able to have influenced policymaking. Chapter 2 examines how violent non-state actors’ intelligence functions have developed over the past two decades (since 1997). Three case studies determine that the intelligence functions of VNSAs generally have shown significant developments over the past two decades and that these developments mirror developments seen in in states’ intelligence agencies, although delayed. Chapter 3 assesses how the recent insertion of space based military and intelligence assets by lesser and new space faring nations has impacted how nations interaction in space. A series of case studies surveying the behaviors of space faring nations after the first insertion of military and intelligence assets by several lesser and new space faring nations determines that though there has been an increased level of cooperation in space, there is evidence to suggest the domain is now a more competitive environment. In examining some of the expected and unexpected effects of intelligence activities, this thesis aims to enrich the field of intelligence studies by addressing several under researched topics.
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