Found: A Definition of Intelligence

Journal of Social Sciences, vol. 4, no. 1, 70-73, 2021

4 Pages Posted: 15 Apr 2021

Date Written: March 29, 2021


Intelligence has come to play a pivotal role in the affairs of states and non-state actors in the 21st century. It not only determines the outcome of conflict when it breaks out but also provides critical edge and foresight in military planning and engagements. However, the effective utilization and deployment of intelligence in any strategic environment may be hampered by the lack of a holistic and generally accepted definition of it. The search for a robust definition has not also been helped by the differing views on what should constitute the basic elements of it. To overcome these challenges, this work argues for and provides a holistic definition of intelligence. It uses both qualitative and quantitative methodologies to provide a more robust and holistic definition of intelligence. The work concludes that any acceptable definition of intelligence must contain five key elements: process, data, actionable information, political group and security.

Keywords: Intelligence, Definition, Process, Data, Actionable information

JEL Classification: Y8

Suggested Citation

Falode, Adewunmi James, Found: A Definition of Intelligence (March 29, 2021). Journal of Social Sciences, vol. 4, no. 1, 70-73, 2021, Available at SSRN:

Adewunmi James Falode (Contact Author)

Lagos State University ( email )

Lagos State

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