Guide to the Study of Intelligence: British Intelligence

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For centuries, British kings and queens have utilised their spies and spymasters to safeguard their grip on power. Today’s intelligence officers can trace their professional lineage to the Sixteenth Century. They can look to a long tradition of foreign spying during the age of empire, and the exploits of the officers who, for the defence of India, surveyed and spied in the badlands of Afghanistan – the adventures that inspired possibly the greatest spy stories, Rudyard Kipling’s Kim. And they can examine how British intelligence performed, often with distinction, in the great wars of the Twentieth Century. They have an historic legacy. Today, in the United Kingdom, intelligence remains a vital component of statecraft. This article introduces British intelligence and offers an insight into ‘the British way’ in intelligence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-40
JournalThe Intelligencer: journal of U.S. intelligence studies.
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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