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A Study Into the Size of the World's Intelligence Industry

A Study Into the Size of the World's Intelligence Industry

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This thesis determines the approximate size of the world’s intelligence industry in quantitative terms. It reviews existing literature which describes, in qualitative terms, various themes found about intelligence agencies around the world. The thesis provides a quantitative method to estimate unknown intelligence spending and personnel. The study concludes that the world’s intelligence industry spends approximately 106 billion United States Dollars, and employs about one million people. Furthermore, the hypothesized direct correlation between Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and intelligence spending may exist, but the research does not strongly support the assertion. It is apparent that GDP is a factor when it comes to intelligence spending, but it does not seem to be the primary component.
This thesis determines the approximate size of the world’s intelligence industry in quantitative terms. It reviews existing literature which describes, in qualitative terms, various themes found about intelligence agencies around the world. The thesis provides a quantitative method to estimate unknown intelligence spending and personnel. The study concludes that the world’s intelligence industry spends approximately 106 billion United States Dollars, and employs about one million people. Furthermore, the hypothesized direct correlation between Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and intelligence spending may exist, but the research does not strongly support the assertion. It is apparent that GDP is a factor when it comes to intelligence spending, but it does not seem to be the primary component.

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A STUDY INTO THE SIZE OF THE WORLD’S INTELLIGENCEINDUSTRY
CHRISTIAN HIPPNERA ThesisSubmitted to the Faculty of Mercyhurst CollegeIn Partial Fulfillment of the of the Requirements forThe Degree of MASTER OF SCIENCEINAPPLIED INTELLIGENCEDEPARTMENT OF INTELLIGENCE STUDIESMERCYHURST COLLEGEERIE, PENNSYLVANIAOCTOBER 2009
 
DEPARTMENT OF INTELLIGENCE STUDIESMERCYHURST COLLEGEERIE, PENNSYLVANIA
A STUDY INTO THE SIZE OF THE WORLD’S INTELLIGENCE INDUSTRY
A ThesisSubmitted to the Faculty of Mercyhurst CollegeIn Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements forThe Degree of MASTER OF SCIENCEINAPPLIED INTELLIGENCESubmitted By
Christian HippnerCertificate of Approval:
___________________________Kristan J. WheatonAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Intelligence Studies___________________________James G. BreckenridgeChair/Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Intelligence Studies___________________________Phillip J. BelfioreVice PresidentOffice of Academic AffairsOctober 2009
 
iiiCopyright © 2009 by Christian HippnerAll rights reserved.

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