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What is intelligence?

Historian Walter Laqueur observed that no one has succeeded in crafting a theory of intelligence.  Even today, we have no accepted definition of intelligence.  Many of the working definitions stress the ’informational’ aspects of intelligence rather than its ’organisational’ aspects.  For example, intelligence is the product resulting from the collection, processing, integration, analysis, evaluation and interpretation of available information concerning foreign countries or areas.   In practice, intelligence is both insight and an organised system for collecting and exploiting supporting data, information and knowledge.  Intelligence is both an activity and a product of that activity.  But most importantly, intelligence must confer an advantage to the customer.  Intelligence work is best undertaken by professionals.

AIPIO History

Origins.  The origins of AIPIO can be traced to a meeting held at the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) in Canberra on 20 November 1990.  Following the circulation of a draft Constitution to key stakeholders, 40 intelligence officers voted to approve the Constitution and form AIPIO on 2 May 1991.  The Institute was incorporated in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) on 18 September 1991.

AIPIO Vision

– To be instrumental in establishing and promoting intelligence as a widely recognised profession in Australia

AIPIO Goal

– To advance the professionalisation of intelligence in Australia

AIPIO Values and Ethics

The Institute applies values and ethics to the practice of its Members.


AIPIO Governance

The Institute is administered by a Board of Management (’the Board’) comprising up to fourteen financial members elected at a General Meeting.  

The Board of Management is divided into an Executive comprising the President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary, with General Board Members allocated to specific portfolios where responsibilities are focused towards the daily operations of the Institute.  A diagram of the Board Structure is  here.

In 2015 the President initiated the establishment of the President Advisory Group (PAG).  The aim of the PAG is to support the President through open discussion and guided consultation.  Management and governance of the PAG is described in AIPIO By-Laws.

The Board’s decision making is shaped by the AIPIO Constitution, a five-year Strategic Plan, and an operational Business Plan (updated after each annual 'Board Planning Day' meeting).

Presidents.  The AIPIO Board of Management is chaired by an elected President.  The Charter President of AIPIO was Don McDowell.  A full list of AIPIO Past Presidents is here.

Fellows.  The AIPIO Constitution provides for the membership category of Fellow.  A full list of AIPIO Fellows is here.


AIPIO Constitution
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AIPIO News

Members receive a regular e-news from the President highlighting upcoming activities and items of general interest.

AIPIO also publishes a newsletter (AIPIO News) up to four times each year recording the activities of the Institute and its membersCurrent and past newsletters are now published in the AIPIO Members Only area of our website.

 
 







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