The intelligence services of the United Kingdom and the United States have long been subject to debate, criticism, and praise, depending on the issue in question and the parties making the comments. Going beyond the smoke and mirrors, the rumors and innuendo, how do these services truly operate? What do they have in common? How do they differ?
Philip H.J. Davies, PhD, is director of the Brunel Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies at Brunel University, London, England.