Digital intelligence and armed conflict after Snowden

Authored by: Sir David Omand

Routledge Handbook of War, Law and Technology

Print publication date:  May  2019
Online publication date:  May  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138084551
eBook ISBN: 9781315111759
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315111759-9

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Abstract

The use of intelligence to support military operations dates back to antiquity. That military intelligence lineage can still be seen in much of the present organisation of secret intelligence, for example in the popular names MI5 and MI6 for the British Security Service and Secret Intelligence Service respectively, and in the funding within the US defence budget of the National Security Agency (NSA) with its Director holding senior military rank. In the twentieth century the dominant source for all branches of defence activity was signals intelligence based on radio interception. 1 Today, it is digital communications and data that are relied upon to provide vital information needed by military commanders and planning staffs as well as for cyber defence and underpinning the development of offensive options for the use of cyberspace as an adjunct to conventional operations. 2

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