JST452 Intelligence Management (8)

This subject equips the student with a comprehensive understanding of management principles relevant to the intelligence setting. Key general management concepts (including organizational structure, staffing issues and goal setting) will be examined, and applied to the intelligence context. Students will explore current issues and challenges in the management of intelligence functions, including staff development & training, the intelligence-policy nexus, and making intelligence 'actionable'.  Intelligence Management is a subject that is relevant to leaders and managers working across different intelligence contexts; including policing, national security, defence and the private sector.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Manly Campus
Session 2 (60)
Manly Campus

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security

Assumed Knowledge
It is advantageous for the student to have some knowledge of basic intelligence theory and practice though this is not essential to complete the subject successfully.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Critically evaluate and reflect on the application of contemporary leadership and management theory in the intelligence context
  • Identify and critically reflect on the key challenges for manager of intelligence units, how these differ from challenges faced by practitioners, and might be overcome
  • Identify and critically reflect on challenges for intelligence managers when engaging with stakeholders and external organisations and how these might be managed.


This subject will cover the following topics:


Topic 1:  Leadership and Management: An Overview

1.1 What is Leadership and Management? (terminology & definitions)
1.2 Contemporary Leadership and Management frameworks

1.3 Applications of Key Leadership and Management principles (the intelligence leader's tool kit)

 Topic 2: Leading an Intelligence Unit
2.1 Characteristics of the Intelligence Leader and Manager
2.2 Establishing and Daily Management of an Intelligence Unit

2.3 Managing Risk and Threat in the Intelligence Context
2.3  Evaluating an Intelligence Unit's Peformance

Topic 3: Contemporary Issues and problems in Intelligence Leadership and Management
3.1 Effective Intelligence governance (making intelligence actionable)

3.2 Building effective intelligence
3.3  The intelligence-policy nexus
3.4 Managing human resources



Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.