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David Omand



Spring 2015:
  • Understanding Modern Intelligence Analysis
Spring 2016:
  • Understanding Modern Intelligence Analysis
Spring 2017:
  • Secret Intelligence in the Digital Age
PSIA Programs: Concentration in Intelligence, Master in International Security


Sir David Omand GCB is a visiting professor at the War Studies Department, King's College London.  He was appointed in 2002 the first UK Security and Intelligence Coordinator, responsible to the Prime Minister for the professional health of the intelligence community, national counter-terrorism strategy and “homeland security”.


He was Permanent Secretary of the Home Office from 1997 to 2000, and before that Director of GCHQ, the UK’s signals intelligence and cybersecurity organisation. Previously, in the Ministry of Defence he served as Deputy Under Secretary of State for Policy, Principal Private Secretary to the Defence Secretary, and served for three years in NATO Brussels as the UK Defence Counsellor.


He is the Senior Independent Director of Babcock International Group plc and a member of the senior advisory board of Paladin Capital, investing in cyber security start-ups, and a member of the Global Commission on Internet Governance, chaired by Carl Bildt. His book, Securing the State, is published by Hurst (UK) and Oxford University Press (US) and is now in paperback and a Kindle edition.




Books and Monographs


Omand, D and Phythian, M. Sound and Secure: Ethics and Intelligence (2017 forthcoming), Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Omand, D (chair), The Security Implication of Drones; a Birmingham Policy Commission Report, Birmingham University, 2015 

Omand, D. Securing the State, London: Hurst (Publishers) Ltd and Columbia University Press, July 2010, paperback edition 2012, Kindle edition 2016.


Omand D., Bartlett J., and Miller C., #Intelligence, London: Demos, 2012


Omand, D. ‘The National Security Strategy: Implications  for the UK Intelligence Community’, London: IPPR, 2009


Omand, D., Adebowale, V., Starkey, K., Engagement and Aspiration: Reconnecting Policy to the Front Line, London: Sunningdale Institute, 2008


Chapters in books


Omand, D. Securing the State: National Security and Secret Intelligence in Rubing A. (ed.) The City between Freedom and Security, Berlin: Birkhauser Verlag (Spring 2016)


Omand, D. What should be the Limits of Counter-Terrorism Policy, in English R., (ed.) Illusions of Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism, Oxford: Oxford University Press (Winter 2015)


Omand, D. Understanding Digital Intelligence: A British View in de Silva (ed.) National Security and Counter-Intelligence in the Age of Cyber Espionage, New York: IGI Information Science (Winter 2015)


Omand, D. ‘The Domestic Balance’ in Johnson, A. L., Wars in Peace, London: RUSI, 2014


 Omand, D., Miller, C., and Bartlett, J., ‘Towards the discipline of social media intelligence’ in Hobbs, C., Moran, M., and Salisbury, D., (Eds.) Open Source Intelligence in the Twenty-First Century, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014


Omand, D., ‘The future of intelligence’ in Duyvesteyn I., de Jong B. and van Reijn J, (Ed.) The Future of Intelligence, London: Routledge, 2014

Omand, D., ‘Is it time to Move Beyond the Intelligence Cycle: A UK Practicioner’s Perspective’ in Pythian M., (Ed.) ‘Understanding the Intelligence Cycle’ London: Routledge, 2014


Omand., D., ‘The Intelligence Cycle’ in Dover, R., Goodman, M. (Eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Intelligence Studies, London: Routledge, 2014


Omand, D., ‘Understanding Baysian Thinking, Prior and Posterior Probabilities and Analysis of Competing Hypotheses in Intelligence Analysis’ in Lahneman W. (Ed.) Experiencing Intelligence Tradecraft: Simulations, Exercises, and Games, New York: Rowman and Littlefield and Madrid: Plaza y Valdes, 2014

Omand, D., Foreword to Staniforth A. (Ed.) The Routledge Companion to UK Counter-Terrorism, London: Routledge: 2012


Omand, D., ‘The Coastline of the Future: Some Limits on Forecasting and Prediction’ in de Franco, C., Meyer, C. O. (Eds.) Forecasting, Warning and Responding to Transnational Risks, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011


Omand, D., ‘Learning from the Secret Past’ in Dover, R., Goodman, M.S., (Eds.) Learning from the Secret Past: Cases in British Intelligence History, Washington D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2011


Omand, D., ‘Necessary and Proportionate: Sir Michael Quinlan on Intelligence’ in Tertrais, B. (Ed.) Thinking about Strategy, Paris: L’Harmattan, 2011


Omand, D. ‘Liberties and Privacy’ in Fisher D. and Wicker B. (Eds.) Just War on Terror? London: Ashgate, 2010


Omand, D. ‘Intelligence Secrets and Media Spotlights: Balancing Illumination and Dark Corners’, in Dover, R. M. & Goodman M. S.(Eds.) Spinning Intelligence, ,London: Hurst, 2009


Omand, D. ‘Ethical guidelines in using secret intelligence for public security’, in Andrew C., Aldrich R. J., Wark W.W., (Eds.) Secret Intelligence, London: Routledge, 2009


Omand, D. ‘The Limits of Avowal:  Secret Intelligence in an Age of Public Scrutiny’

in Treverton, G. Agrell W. (Eds.)  National Intelligence Systems, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009


Omand, D. ‘The international Aspects of Societal Resilience: Framing the Issues’, in Brimmer E., (Ed.), Five Dimensions of Homeland and International Security,

Washington, D. C.: Centre for Transatlantic Relations, 2008


Omand, D. ‘The Dilemmas of Using Secret Intelligence for Public Security’ in Hennessy P. The New Protective State, London: Continuum books, 2008


Omand, D. ‘Reflections on Secret Intelligence’, in Hennessy P. (Ed.) The New Protective State, London: Continuum books, 2008


Omand, D., Foreword to Agrell, W., Essence of Assessment: Methods and Problems of Intelligence Analysis, Oslo: CATS, (English translation 2012)



Journal Articles



Omand, D., Pythian M. ‘Ethics and Intelligence: A Debate’, International Journal of Intelligence and Counter-Intelligence, Vol 26, No. 1 2013


Omand, D., Bartlett, J., and Miller, C., Introduction to Social Media Intelligence, Intelligence and National Security, iFirst, 28 Sept, pp 1-13


Omand, D., ‘Into the Future: A Comment on Agrell and Warner’, Intelligence and National Security, Vol 27 No 1, Feb 2012, pp 154-156


Omand, D., The Terrorist Threat to the UK in the Post 9/11 Decade, Journal of Terrorism Research, Vol 3 Issue 1, 2012 pp 1-5


Omand, D., Reflections on the 9/11 Decade, RUSI Journal Vol 156 No 4, August/September 2011 pp 7-8


Omand D., Creating Intelligence Communities, Public Policy and Administration 25(1) Winter 2009, pp 96-116,


Omand, D. ‘How many Schlesingers Would it Take to Change a Lightbulb: the Schelsinger Report of 1971’ Intelligence and National Security, Vol 24 No 3, June 2009, pp 418-422


Omand, D. ‘George Tenet, At the Center of the Storm’ Review essay, Intelligence and National Security, Vol 24 No 2, April 2009, pp 291-303


Goodman, M. and Omand, D., ‘What analysts need to understand’, Studies in Intelligence Vol 52 No 4, December 2008, pp 1-12


Omand, D. ‘Can we have the pleasure of the grin without seeing the cat? Must the effectiveness of secret agencies inevitably fade on exposure to the light’.  Intelligence and National Security, Vol 23 No 5 October 2008, pp 593-607



Published Reports


Omand, D., ‘Jon Venables: Serious Further Offence Review’, London: Ministry of Justice, 2010


Omand, D., Review of the Advisory Committee on the Misuse of Drugs, London: Home Office, 2011


Omand, D., Review of the Animal Procedures Committee, London: Home Office, 2011









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