OTTAWA—When you work in intelligence you take your direction on what to collect or investigate from the government of the day. This applies differently depending on the organization in question. CSIS’ marching orders are spelled out in the CSIS Act. CSE’s tend to shift. CSIS’ directions take the form of ‘intelligence requirements’ and they do change over time. During my initial years at CSE of what would become a three-decade career in the Canadian intelligence apparatus, most of what we focused on was what the Soviet Union and its allies were up to, and mostly military shenanigans at that. This was still the Cold War after all (remember that era?).
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