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Report of the Inquiry into  Australian Intelligence Agencies  

Chapter 3 - Recent Intelligence Lessons

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As one measure of the effectiveness of the Australian intelligence agencies, the Inquiry considered three recent cases in which government placed high reliance on intelligence. They are:

  • the analysis by DIO and ONA of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction capability prior to the 2003 conflict
  • the analysis by DIO and ONA of the terrorist threat constituted by Jemaah Islamiyah in the period leading up to October 2002
  • the analysis by DIO and ONA of the Solomon Islands from January 2000 to the deployment of the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands in July 2003.

These issues were selected because of their intrinsic importance and the level of public interest in them, and to provide a balance between military and non-military intelligence issues and between issues in Australia's region and those beyond.

To undertake these case studies, the Inquiry examined relevant papers, including substantial volumes of raw and assessed intelligence, both from Australian and other sources. The Inquiry also interviewed a large number of the key individuals involved in producing intelligence assessments on these issues at the time, as well as customers of those assessments. This chapter deals with each of these case studies in turn, drawing out the key lessons that flow from the analysis. In addition, this part of the report deals with some issues raised by Lieutenant Colonel Lance Collins concerning Indonesia and East Timor. The classified version of the report deals with these matters in greater detail.

Iraq's Weapons of Mass Destruction Capability
Jemaah Islamiyah
Solomon Islands
Lieutenant Colonel Lance Collins and DIO


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