A New Risk Factor in the Evolution of Intelligence

Author:Ecaterina Guita
Position:Student, Danubius University of Galati, Faculty of Communication Sciences and International Relations, Romania
European Integration - Realities and Perspectives 2014
A New Risk Factor in the Evolution of Intelligence
Ecaterina Gui
Abstract: The purpose of this article is to point out the way intelligence evolved in the last decades with the
accent on the new threats or challenges it‘s faced with nowadays as well as to highlight it‘s importance in
every matter concerning the states but also raising to the level of the entire intern ational system through it‘s
new ways of responding and operating in the informational era. Just as Michael Herman and Richard J.
Aldrich pointed out in th eir works, it is well known that the future of intelligence should concern every actor
provided that the more technology evolves it‘s ro le as well as the need for such structures are increasing. The
main methods employed were documentation, observation, research and case study. Conducting this study we
learned that th e problem is still actual as the discussions concerning a major issue intelligence is confronted
with are still open. The study has implications in the academic groups because intelligence needs more and
more specialists capable to face every situation no matter h ow unforeseen. The present paper brings together
different points of view concerning the matter but was also meant as an alarm signal for the readers.
Keywords: development; information; revolution; education; threat
Conceptual Frame
The term intelligence has various meanings, however in this particular context it is used to define
secret information that governments collect about an enemy or possible enemy but it may also refer to
governmental organizations that collect information, as well as the people working for such
As an institution, it serves central and not local government. It deals with information, but in ways
that differ from information-gathering and information-handling that take place as integral parts of
government and military command and control. It is a specialist activity; in military terms it is staff
not line. (Herman, 2001)
Once the Cold War ended, the world has begun to develop more, therefore nowadays we are witnesses
to the revolution of knowledge and technology which gradually came to influence every form of
manifestation or individuality, as well as the contemporary society. This marked the beginning of a
fundamental change in every possible aspect, and so the world as people knew it before the last quarter
of the 20th century suddenly suffered major changes that lead to a whole new perspective. The ways
of thinking and reacting at a national level were altered due to the ulterior progress and sometimes
1 Student, Danubius University of Galati, Faculty of Communication Sciences and International Relations, Romania,
Address: 3 Galati Blvd, 800654 Galati, Ro mania, Tel.: +40372361102, Fax: +40372361290, Correspo nding author:
2 ―A New English Dictionary o n Historical Principles‖, Oxford United Kingdom, Oxford University Press, 1989 (commonly
known as ―The Oxford English Dictionary‖).

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