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16th Annual IAFIE Conference with 5th Annual IAFIE-EC Conference

*** POSTPONED ***

hosted by École University Internationale, Italy

 

IAFIE is now postponing the June 2020 Conference in Pordenone, near Venice. The IAFIE Board and local European Chapter organizers are in the process of rescheduling the conference for June 2021.


Members of IAFIE and the IAFIE-EU Chapter,

Given the continuing challenges posed by the global outbreak of COVID-19, the IAFIE Board and the IAFIE Europe Chapter Board have decided to postpone their joint 2020 conference that was to be held in Pordenone, Italy in June 2020 until June 2021.

Sabrina Magris, IAFIE-EC Board member will continue to serve as the Conference organizer and Randy Pherson, IAFIE-Global Board member will continue to manage the conference program. In order to fill the gap created by postponing the conference, the organizing committee will organize a series of webinars that lead up to the 2021 conference. The hope is that these sessions will enhance discussion and the dialogue among professionals in this time of distance. The webinars will be keyed to the conference themes as well as current intelligence issues, nourishing discussions at the conference and within the intelligence community. Those participating will constitute a new category of Virtual Delegates for the conference.

The organizing committee will be issuing a new Call for Papers to be submitted by 1 March 2021(see attachment below). The Call for Papers repeats the conference themes that were proposed for the 2020 conference; all those who submitted papers are encouraged to resubmit.

In addition, the conference host will be organizing exciting trips before, during (for spouses who will not attend the conference), and after the conference for all participants. The excursions will take place in the Italian territories that have witnessed the rise of the first intelligence service in the world and have always served as the bridge between west and east and the forefront observer of their evolution through time. In addition, excursions will be planned to visit some of the beauty Italy has to offer, including trips to Venice, a cultural tour of Pordenone, and visitors to a WWII battlefield and the wine country.

As you arrange your travel dates, remember that IAFIE-Global and IAFIE-Europe have partnered with Globalytica to provide exclusive training opportunities for IAFIE members. Two Foresight SAT certificate workshops will be conducted. The first will be conducted the two days before the conference. The theme will be the impact of COVID-19 on intelligence collection, operations, and education. The second Foresight workshop will be held the two days following the conference focusing on the Impact of Global Climate Change on Intelligence Collection, Operations, and Analytic Support.

Registration information for the conference will be posted in September on the IAFIE website,https://www.iafie.com. Registration information for the Foresight Workshops will be posted in September on https://shop.globalytica.com/collections/special-events.

Be with us to live what freedom and Republic are. Be with us to be a sign, a design for what freedom and Republic will be in the future. We will meet in Pordenone, crossroad city that unites cultures, east-west, north-south for a vision of the global universe.

Please email any general enquiries to:

 

To view this Announcement in PDF form - iafie_2021_announcement.pdf

To view the Call for Papers - call_for_papers_iafie_2021.pdf

 


    

IAFIE 2020 Conference Themes

hosted by École University Internationale, Italy

Institutional Contact: iafie2020@ecoleuniversitaireinternationale.net

    

I) Intelligence Analysis

This theme aims to address the intelligence analysis process. The below list of topics is not exhaustive, abstracts addressing other related questions are welcomed.

  • Map and evaluate the current state of the art of intelligence analysis methods and techniques.
  • Examine the new techniques and emerging trends in intelligence analysis.
  • Examine the analytical techniques’ underpinning scientific rigour and end-users’ perspectives on the practicality.
  • Examine best practice, approaches and challenges to evaluating intelligence finished analytical products.
  • Examine best practice, approaches and challenges to evaluating intelligence analysis methods and techniques.
  • Draw lessons of practice from cognate disciplines; such as medical diagnosis, legal reasoning, economic forecasting, investigative journalism, history, etc.
  • Share lessons and best practices on analytical methods and techniques with other disciplines/professions; such as financial crime counter terrorism, insurance risk, aviation and maritime security, cybersecurity, public health and epidemics, etc.
  • Draw lessons of theory from other disciplines; such as cognitive psychology, philosophy of science, statistics, modelling, etc.
  • Map and evaluate the current state of the art in source and evidence evaluation and examine challenges associated with OSINT source and evidence evaluation.

II) Intelligence Domains

This theme aims to address the intelligence domains. The below list of topics is not exhaustive, abstracts addressing other related questions are welcomed.

  • Examine the current advancement in Imagery Intelligence considering the open source capabilities (Satellite and UAV) and analytical needs, and the scope for Outer Space Intelligence in an era of military space domain.
  • Examine the role of human intelligence as a support function for cyber intelligence.
  • Examine the current role of the human intelligence and how to adapt it to the future intelligence challenges.
  • Examine the evolution of the neuro-science in the operational intelligence field.
  • Examine the current developments and emerging trends in intelligence for Cyber Space and the interaction between cyber space, physical space, and outer space.
  • Examine the current developments and emerging trends in Signal Intelligence and Measurement intelligence.
  • Examine the needs of Counterintelligence and Security Intelligence in the light of current and emerging technological vulnerabilities and developments; such as Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Social Engineering, Online Psychological Operations, Smart Cities, Crypto Currency, and Drones.
  • Map and evaluate the current state of the art in Open Source Intelligence and Social Media Intelligence and examine new methods and emerging trends in these domains.

III) Management of Intelligence Community

This theme aims to address the management of intelligence community. The below list of topics is not exhaustive, abstracts addressing other related questions are welcomed.

  • Discuss the challenge of formulating intelligence requirements and priorities in an era of hybrid threats.
  • Examine intelligence consumers’ – top level decision makers, senior professionals, and support staff – required skills and competencies and appreciation of intelligence products.
  • Discuss the challenges of integrating new methods and techniques in existing organisational standards.
  • Examine best practices, approaches and challenges to evaluating the impact of intelligence on decision making.
  • Examine and draw lessons from different ‘national’ intelligence cultures in Europe, America, Australia, etc.
  • Examine and draw lessons from different ‘institutional’ intelligence cultures and models; such as law enforcement, defence, private sector, etc.
  • Examine the different approaches to disseminating intelligence in a changing policymaker’s environment.
  • Examine the institutional role in professional development; training, coaching, shadowing, mentoring, job swapping, etc.

IV) Intelligence Education and Research

This theme aims to address the intelligence education and research. The below list of topics is not exhaustive, abstracts addressing other related questions are welcomed.

  • Examine the skills and competences of priority, and how university teaching can support their development.
  • Map and evaluate the current landscape of university teaching of intelligence.
  • Examine the challenges of teaching SIGINT and HUMINT in higher education.
  • Discuss innovative teaching and learning approaches; such as simulation, modelling, war gamming, team-based learning, problem-based learning, etc.
  • Discuss the intelligence research agenda and how it can support teaching and practice.
  • Examine the collaboration between universities and government, and between universities and industry.
  • Map and evaluate the current landscape of intelligence training.
  • Examine the skills and competencies of priority of training, and how training providers can support their development.
  • Examine the skills and competencies of priority and best practice for education, training and professional development of intelligence collection and analysis managers.
  • Examine the role of universities, training providers, professional association, and intelligence producers in communication with intelligence consumers.
  • Examine approaches to teaching and training programmes certification and accreditation.
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