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Quick Hits 150 – Why declaring “premature victory” is rarely a good idea

Former CSIS intelligence analyst Phil Gurski cautions against jumping to conclusions about intelligence requirements and priorities.

When the Cold War ended with the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 the West declared ‘victory‘ and downed tools on Russia. Recent events have shown that decision to be premature. Borealis cautions against jumping to conclusions about intelligence requirements and priorities.

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By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. and Director of the National Security programme at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute (PDI). Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

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