The Successful conduct of war relies on the capacity to understand an enemy and how that enemy thinks and acts, and this capacity is sourced from intelligence. The successful management of peace also required the same capacity derived from intelligence.
Signals intelligence is a major source of highly reliable, accurate and timely intelligence that has provided users of its information with a marked advantage over their opponents. It may not win the war but it certainly plays an important role. In peacetime, intelligence also provides governments with a view into the minds of its neighbours, competitors, and even friends.
Doctor John Fahey will discuss signals intelligence, the characters who worked in the field and the stories which up until now have flown under the radar and been left untold. Dr Fahey has worked at the Australian Signals Directorate, one of Australia’s leading intelligence organisations and is the author of Australia’s First Spies: Traitors and Spies, and, as an official Commonwealth historian, The Factory: The Official History of the Australian Signals Directorate.
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