IFS Info no. 5/2005
Problems for Western Intelligence in the New Century
After the Cold War, the “peace dividend” lead to cuts and new priorities in the intelligence system. Michael Herman writes about these changes in the 1990s. How did they materialise, and how did they evolve through the decade? Herman gives a chronological and insightful description of the process from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the new conflict climate of the 21th century.
Michael Herman served from 1952 to 1987 in Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters, with secondments to the Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Defence. Since retirement he has written extensively on intelligence matters, with official clearance, and with academic affiliations at Nuffield and St Antony’s Colleges, Oxford. He is Founder Director of the Oxford Intelligence Group, and an Honorary Departmental Fellow at Aberystwyth University. The degree of Honorary Doctor of Letters was conferred on him by Nottingham University in July 2005. Michael Herman was a speaker at the international conference Intelligence in Waging the Cold War: NATO, the Warsaw Pact, and the Neutrals, 1949-1990 organised by Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies in Oslo 28 April to 1 May 20