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March 7, 2005

Press Release, March 8 (WG 7)

Thematic Subject Area II: Confronting Terrorism
Working Group 7
Intelligence

March 8th, the International Summit on Democracy and Terrorism will host a seventeen member working group to study the key role that reliable intelligence plays in the struggle against terrorism, (including the necessity to mitigate fear caused by false alarms). The following points will be discussed:

  • The role of intelligence agencies in the fight against terrorism in relation to the police force, the military and other government agencies.
  • How the sharing and collaboration of intelligence information between intelligence agencies can be facilitated. What are possible obstacles to this and ways of addressing them?
  • Identification of the main difficulties in gathering intelligence, discussion of whether resources need to be allocated differently, and whether there are cultural or institutional obstacles which must be overcome.
  • How to manage tension between civil liberties concerns and the need for security, especially in relation to issues like counter-surveillance and use of new technologies.
The conclusions of this working group and 16 others will be incorporated into the Agenda of Madrid, which will be published on March 11th, 2005.

Working group members will include:

Working Group Coordinator:

  • Brian Jenkins (USA), senior analyst to the president of RAND Corporation. Former Green Beret captain in Vietnam. One of the world’s leading authorities on terrorism and sophisticated crime. Appointed to the White House Commission on Aviation Safety. Author of numerous publications.

Members:

  • David Cohen (USA), deputy commissioner intelligence at the New York Police Department. With the CIA for thirty-five years, he helped oversee the CIA's espionage operations. Formerly the agency’s deputy director for operations.
  • Barbara Haering (Switzerland), member of the Swiss Parliament. Member of the federal oversight committee for the Strategic Intelligence Service. Vice-president of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.
  • Ephraim Kam (Israel), deputy head of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies, Tel Aviv. Former Colonel in the Research Division of the Israel Defense Forces’ Military Intelligence. Author of Surprise Attack: The Victim's Perspective (Harvard 1988).
  • Cristina Landaburu (Spain), Currently member of the management unit in the recently founded National Center of Antiterrorist Coordination (CNCA), Spain. Over twenty years experience in counter-terrorism intelligence.
  • Alfredo Mantici (Italy), director of the Analysis Department of the Italian intelligence service SISDe. Previously officer in the Italian Navy. Has held senior position at SISDe in counter economic and industrial threats, and strategic analysis.
  • François Mermet (France), consultant in strategy currently focusing on the security issues of the European Union since 1988. Former Head of the French External Security, then defence adviser to the French Government in charge of reorganizing military and space intelligence.
  • Michael Oatley (UK-South Africa), formerly MI6’s director of counter-terrorism. Controlled MI6 operations in the Middle East and in Europe. Acted as intermediary between the IRA and the British government throughout much of the Northern Ireland conflict.
  • Wolbert Smidt (Germany), Chairman, German Forum for the Discussion on Intelligence (GKND), an independent think tank. 35 year career in the BND, former deputy head, Intelligence Collection Department and station-chief of Paris.
  • Greg Treverton (USA), senior policy analyst at the RAND Corporation. Former Vice Chair of the US National Intelligence Council overseeing the writing of America's National Intelligence Estimates. Author for Reshaping National Intelligence for an Age of Information (RAND 2003).
  • Alexander N. Kostin (Russia), Head of the international co-operation department at the Russian Ministry of the Interior. Former senior member of military intelligence, holding the rank of Lieutenant General.
  • Takashi Minami (Japan), senior advisor on security affairs to the Japanese Prime Minister. Former senior member of the Japanese foreign intelligence service with several decades of experience in counter-terrorist intelligence.

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