Approaches for Managing the Intelligence Community



The modern era has presented two fundamental challenges in the management of intelligence activities. The first challenge is determining how to distribute intelligence powers and authorities between military organizations and civilian institutions. The second challenge is finding a balance between the secret investigative activities of intelligence agencies and a set of values and norms, including religious, moral, democratic, and legal principles and restrictions. Since the emergence of systematic and modern intelligence activity in Iran, coinciding with the formation of SAVAK - Organization of Intelligence and Security of the Country - in 1957, Iranian political and intelligence communities have gradually experienced both issues. To address the negative consequences of intelligence activity, theoretical efforts have been made to provide solutions for managing these two issues, which are briefly discussed here.