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Investigating the Strategic Intelligence Service of Switzerland Experiences of a Parliamentarian

By Haering, Barbara

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Title: Investigating the Strategic Intelligence Service of Switzerland Experiences of a Parliamentarian  
Author: Haering, Barbara
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Language: English
Subject: Government publications, Legislation., Government Printing Office (U.S.)
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Introduction: When it comes to the general question of how to improve the parliamentary control of the armed forces in general, one has to focus on the principle of the comprehensive leadership circuit. In other words: If we it take for granted that already the initial choice of the risk scenario determines the basic outlines of an army's mission, doctrine and strategy, then an effective control of the armed forces must begin proactively within the establishment of the risk analysis. This also extends to the demand for an intensified political leadership and control of the intelligence services as an important instrument of security policy. Unfortunately, this demand usually only comes up in the wake of scandals and in connection with any misdemeanour committed by the intelligence services. This was also the case with the “Study Commission on the Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff” in Switzerland 1999/2000: A scandal of misappropriation exerted political pressure on the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports (DDPS). In order to cope with this pressure, the Head of Department, the former Minister Adolf Ogi nominated a study commission under the chairmanship of the former State Secretary Edouard Brunner. With respect to the potential political implications of the scandal, four out of the seven members of this commission were parliamentarians, representing the four important parties of Switzerland. Two members were diplomats and one a scholar, Professor Kurt. R. Spillmann of the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.

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