Strategic Intelligence Symposium

In concert with US Southern Command, US Embassy Bogotá, and the Colombian Ministry of Defense, the EMC Chair convened a three-day strategic intelligence symposium in October 2009. The symposium had three main objectives:
  • Analyze strategic intelligence challenges of the future
  • Reinforce information sharing relationships across Colombia’s intelligence community and US Southern Command
  • Provide an intellectual framework to develop a national intelligence strategy for Colombia
As Colombia begins to engage beyond its borders by participating in peacekeeping operations in the Western Hemisphere or multinational operations in Afghanistan, Colombia's intelligence leaders recognized that its analysts lack sufficient strategic awareness and analytic skills. This was reaffirmed during the 2nd annual bilateral intelligence summit between SOUTHCOM and Colombia, which Naval War College faculty moderated. At the intelligence summit, the heads of Colombia's military intelligence agencies requested SOUTHCOM support to develop a symposium for its mid-level intelligence analysts and managers of intelligence. By partnering with the US Naval War College, this event brought together strategic intelligence experts from the United States and Colombia to discuss strategic intelligence, intelligence challenges of the 21st century, strategic warning, information sharing, and the relationship among intelligence, democracy, and national policymaking.
Day 1
0830-0840: Welcome
0840-0900: Symposium Overview
0900-1015: Globalization and Latin America
1015-1030: Break
1030-1145: Global Security Challenges
1145-1315: Lunch
1315-1430: Technology, Space, and Intelligence
1430-1445: Break
1445-1600: Intelligence Challenges of the 21st Century
Day 2
0900-1015: Colombia, Law, and Intelligence
1015-1030: Break
1030-1145: Colombia’s Strategic Outlook
1145-1315: Lunch
1315-1430: Non-Traditional Intelligence Challenges: Human Security
1430-1445: Break
1445-1600: Counterintelligence Challenges
Day 3
0900-1015: Intelligence and Democracy
1015-1030: Break
1030-1145: Alternative Futures for Colombia
1145-1315: Lunch
1315-1400: Intelligence Strategy Development
1400-1415: Concluding Remarks and the Way Ahead
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