The UK National Security Council and misuse of intelligence by policy makers: reducing the risk?

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Abstract

The National Security Council was created to bring together decision makers and experts to discuss and implement the UK’s National Security Strategy. Its creation may have decreased the likelihood of some types of intelligence failures by policy makers, for example misunderstanding the nature and limitations of intelligence, but there is conflicting evidence regarding whether it has mitigated the risk of others, like groupthink bias. Moreover, the NSC is neither a statutory institution nor is its use by members of the executive obligatory or prescribed. Therefore, its effectiveness continues to be subject to the whim of the prime minister of the day.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)990-1006
JournalIntelligence and National Security
Volume35
Issue number7
Early online date18 Jun 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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