Combining the Teaching of Intelligence, Arabic, and Culture at the Norwegian Defence Intelligence School



Today’s complex information landscape emphasizes the need for cross-disciplinary critical thinking in future intelligence personnel. The cultural expertise of intelligence personnel could and should provide vital situational awareness in military operations, but putting doctrinal understanding into action in a military environment still proves challenging. While the Norwegian Defence Intelligence School has a highly competent teaching staff, most have a background from either cultural and linguistic studies or from military intelligence, rarely from both. So how can educators that mainly know one of the professions, best cooperate to produce future professionals that embody both skill sets? What should be taught and how can teachers create a realistic context for the language and intelligence learners, simple enough to facilitate learning, yet complex enough not to cement cultural misconceptions and stereotypes? While there is a consensus that a combined cultural, language, and intelligence training is a forte, no similar consensus exists on how one should educate for this. We therefore hope that the Norwegian Defence Intelligence School’s approach to educating for transcultural competence in Arabic and intelligence studies can serve as a contribution to the discourse on comprehensive intelligence education.


Military intelligence Language training Intelligence analysis Structured analytic techniques Transcultural competence Multidisciplinary analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Norwegian Defence Intelligence SchoolOsloNorway
  2. 2.Norwegian Police Immigration ServiceOsloNorway

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