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Geographic Intelligence      
             

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Figure 1.   The Intelligence Spectrum.
             
"Intelligence," which once denoted simply news or information, has come to mean, among other things, information procured and synthesized to serve uniquely the purposes of statecraft. The science of geography studies the areal differentiation of natural and man-made phenomena over the earth's surface. Geographic intelligence is then this study articulated through selection and evaluation to the policy formation and operational guidance requirements of a national government. At the margins it will not be easy to say where geographic intelligence leaves off and some other kind of intelligence begins, but the lines can be made somewhat clearer by reference to specific tasks and responsibilities.
             
The collection and use of geographic intelligence is a very old activity, certainly as old as war. Moses' instructions to  
             
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Posted: May 08, 2007 09:01 AM
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