After Work Briefing | Intelligence in Peace Operations: Technology vs. Human Intelligence?


Dr. Walter Dorn, Professor of „Defence Studies“ at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) and the Canadian Forces College (CFC) gave a talk on intelligence in peace operations at yesterday's After Work Briefing. He has served in various field missions and at UN headquarters as a consultant with the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO).

Mr. Dorn shed light on the practical challenges peacekeepers are facing on the ground and the possibilities of specialized tools and new technologies, inter alia night vision, radar and sensor equipment, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and satellite imagery, to help them to fulfill theirs tasks better and produce actionable intelligence.

Colonel Andreas Jödecke from the Office of Military Affairs at DPKO gave a commentary and elaborated on current debates and developments in the UN secretariat.

The discussion with the audience covered a broad range of topics, e.g. the current procurement of UAVs for the UN mission in the DR Congo, crowdsourcing for early warning, or questions regarding knowledge management in the entire UN system.

More information on these issues can be found in Walter Dorn's most recent book „Keeping Watch. Monitoring Technology and Innovation in UN Peace Operations“; click here for more detail and a free download of the introductory chapter.