An intelligence system is
|“||[a]ny formal or informal system to manage data gathering, to obtain and process the data, to interpret the data, and to provide reasoned judgments to decision makers as a basis for action. The term is not limited to intelligence organizations or services but includes any system, in all its parts, that accomplishes the listed tasks.||”|
Generally, an intelligence system can be looked at as a cycle. Information is processed through knowledge structures (human or otherwise), which generates intelligence. The primary use of intelligence is in the generation of further information; forming a positive feedback loop.
- ↑ U.S. Department of Defense, Joint Pub. 1–02: DOD Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms (Nov. 8, 2010, as amended through May 15, 2011) (full-text).