Bolstering National Intelligence Crucial

Bolstering National Intelligence CrucialBolstering National Intelligence Crucial

In addition to ballistic capabilities, ideological cohesion and a strong Resistance Economy, which are considered three deterrent constituents of power, Iran should also bolster national intelligence capabilities, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council said.

In the National Meeting on Intelligence Analysis Methods held in Tehran on Sunday, Ali Shamkhani reminded that power is a multifaceted attribute.

“It is an obvious mistake to equate it with army weapons. As the Leader of the Islamic Revolution has stated, actual power is that which is internalized,” he said.

Shamkhani noted that infiltration is among the most dangerous assaults, stressing that the formation of deterrence is crucial.

“Intelligence capabilities should include confident dexterity in cyber security issues; deterrent abilities against threats, particularly in semi-soft security threats; ability to reinforce internal constituents of power, ability to neutralize Iranophobia strategy designed to isolate the country from the rest of the world; and intelligence domination and the ability to neutralize plots of arrogant powers, including those involving takfiri and terrorist groups,” he said.

“To establish such intelligence capabilities, a strong will and revolutionary efforts are required on the part of the entire ruling system. The task will not be harder than establishment of ballistic capabilities, ideological power or resistance economy. Strengthening intelligence should be on our agenda. We must identify and tackle the shortages existing in this area.”

Shamkhani said if Iran continued processing intelligence as in the eight years of its imposed war by Iraq, the country’s intelligence capabilities would reach a higher level. He, however, noted that in the operations against takfiri groups, Iran has successfully gathered and analyzed intelligence so far.

The conference was also attended by Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi. “The more science-oriented our intelligence analysis is, the more sustainable our security system will be,” he said, warning that ignoring scientific methods will have adverse effects.