Recently released documentation has for the first time made it possible to describe the organizational evolution of strategic intelligence assessment in Canada. During the 60-year period surveyed in this article, the analytical groups involved in strategic assessment and the interdepartmental intelligence committee structure underwent a number of changes. These were almost invariably incremental steps—shaped by bureaucratic factors and resource constraints—rather than initiatives guided by a broader vision of the role of intelligence assessment in support of Canadian foreign and defence policy. This organizational study provides the foundation for long-overdue research into the foreign intelligence function in Canada.

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Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1080/02684527.2019.1578043
Journal Intelligence and National Security
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Barnes, A. (2019). A confusion, not a system: the organizational evolution of strategic intelligence assessment in Canada, 1943 to 2003. Intelligence and National Security, 34(4), 464–479. doi:10.1080/02684527.2019.1578043