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Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) - Glossary of intelligence
Category: Military and Defence > Intelligence
Date & country: 14/12/2007, UK
A covert human intelligence source who has undergone a period of assessment and whose reporting has been validated. To be distinguished from an officer (a member of staff) of SIS.
Acronym occasionally used for SIS - British Secret Intelligence Service to distinguish us from others with similar acronyms - CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service), ASIS (Australian Secret Intelligence Service) and NZSIS (New Zealand Security Intelligence Service).
Central government department with responsibilities for co-ordinating the UK national intelligence machinery.
SIS intelligence reports as issued to customers.
Defence Intelligence Staff. Intelligence analytical organisation of the Ministry of Defence traditionally serving the UK armed forces but also serving wider government customers.
Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The UK ministry of foreign affairs.
Government Code and Cipher School. Forerunner of GCHQ. Part of SIS from 1923 to 1947.
Government Communications Headquarters. The UK sigint (signals intelligence) agency. One of SIS's two sister intelligence and security agencies along with the Security Service.
The UK ministry of the interior.
Human Rights Act of 1998. A key piece of UK legislation to which SIS is subject.
Human intelligence or intelligence derived from human sources.
Intelligence Services Act of 1994. This act placed SIS on a statutory footing and defines what the Service may do.
Joint Intelligence Committee. Part of the Cabinet Office and the central body of the national intelligence machinery. It advises on the priorities for intelligence collection and assesses Agency performance against those priorities.
Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre. Sits within the Security Service to analyse all source intelligence on terrorist threats to the UK and UK interests. Staffed by members of all three intelligence and security agencies and the DIS, FCO, Home Office, the Police and other government departments.
Foreign intelligence services with which SIS cooperates. It is SIS policy not to comment on its relationships with liaison services.
Commonly used but unofficial title for the Security Service.
Commonly used but unofficial title for SIS dating back to before WWII.
A member of SIS staff. Often confused in popular vocabulary with agent.
An intelligence gathering operation.
Intelligence requirements set by the JIC.
Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act of 2000. Regulatory Act which established a Commissioner for Interception, a Commissioner for the Intelligence Services and the Investigatory Powers Tribunal.
Information acquired against the wishes and generally without the knowledge of the originators or possessors. Sources are kept secret from readers as are the techniques used to acquire the information. Intelligence provides privileged insights not available openly.
Single Intelligence Account. The budget through which all three intelligence and security agencies are funded.
Signals intelligence. The primary task of GCHQ.
The Secret Intelligence Service, also known as MI6.
The Special Operations Executive. WWII clandestine operations agency absorbed into SIS towards the end of the war. Security-edited records from the period before absorption have been released by SIS to the UK National Archive.
Any source of information or intelligence. An agent may be a source but a source is not automatically an agent.