One of the principle functions and missions of intelligence is to support
threat (military, terrorism, economic, political, technological, etc.)
management AND as directed to engage in carrying out policy to reduce
threats (covert action).
Your studies have touched on threat analysis and threat management in terms
of historical perspective, case studies, readings, etc. In this board I
would like you to reflect back on your studies and draw out your major
thoughts or conclusions.
Again, this is a very broad board topic, but I don’t want to constrain your
creativity or imagination. You can post on ineffective analysis, effective
use of covert action, failure of policymakers to really listen, huge amounts
of wasted effort and money on intelligence programs, the slow and
overwhelming domination of intelligence by policymakers in DoD that
increasingly use intelligence to support parochial policy, etc. You are
welcome to take this board in any direction that makes sense for you.