Thursday 07 Oct 2021 | 03:33 | SYDNEY
Thursday 07 Oct 2021 | 03:33 | SYDNEY

The challenge of intelligence


Andrew Carr


19 April 2011 15:26

At the end of last month I had the pleasure of hearing ONA's Director-General, Allan Gyngell present the Lowy Institute's annual Canberra Dinner address on 'the challenges of intelligence'. Designed as a forum to look at the interaction of the academic and policymaking worlds and honouring those who have bridged these environments, Gyngell raised several big questions in his speech:

'I came back to ONA twenty months ago after twelve years in the outside world, six of them working with colleagues at Lowy. I returned very conscious of how deep the knowledge is that exists outside government, including in the business community, about events in the world. So I suppose a fair question now is the one that commentators and the public ask. What does covert intelligence add'

...One way of putting it would be to ask what do I know at ONA as a member of the Australian intelligence community that I didn't know at Lowy' And does it matter''

I'll leave you to read the speech to see what he said.