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Review of Intelligence on Weapons of Mass Destruction Report of a Committee of Privy Counselors

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Title: Review of Intelligence on Weapons of Mass Destruction Report of a Committee of Privy Counselors  
Author: New American Century
Language: English
Subject: Political science., Philosophy & politics, Politics & international relations
Collections: New American Century Collection
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Publisher: The Project for the New American Century


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Century, E. A. (n.d.). Review of Intelligence on Weapons of Mass Destruction Report of a Committee of Privy Counselors. Retrieved from

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Introduction: Our Terms of Reference. On 3 February 2004, the Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary announced in the House of Commons: My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister has decided to establish a committee to review intelligence on weapons of mass destruction. This committee will be composed of Privy Counselors. It will have the following terms of reference: to investigate the intelligence coverage available in respect of WMD programmes in countries of concern and on the global trade in WMD, taking into account what is now known about these programmes; as part of this work, to investigate the accuracy of intelligence on Iraqi WMD up to March 2003, and to examine any discrepancies between the intelligence gathered, evaluated and used by the Government before the conflict, and between that intelligence and what has been discovered by the Iraq survey group since the end of the conflict; and to make recommendations to the Prime Minister for the future on the gathering, evaluation and use of intelligence on WMD, in the light of the difficulties of operating in countries of concern. My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister has asked the committee to report before the summer recess. The committee will follow the precedent in terms of procedures of the Franks committee. It will have access to all intelligence reports and assessments and other relevant Government papers, and will be able to call witnesses to give oral evidence in private. The committee will work closely with the US inquiry and the Iraq survey group. The committee will submit its final conclusions to my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister in a form for publication, along with any classified recommendations and material. The Government will, of course, co-operate fully with the committee.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Paragraphs Pages MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE i TABLE OF CONTENTS iii TERMINOLOGY AND GLOSSARY ix INTRODUCTION 1 Our Terms of Reference 1 1 Our Work 2-7 1 Our Approach 8-12 3 Definitions and Usage 13 3 WMD 14 3 CBW 15-16 4 CBRN 17 4 Our Thanks 18-19 4 Chapter 1 THE NATURE AND USE OF 7 INTELLIGENCE 1.1 Introduction 20-22 7 1.2 Collection 23-26 8 1.3 Validation 27-29 9 1.4 Analysis 30-32 10 1.5 Assessment 33-40 10 1.6 The Joint Intelligence Committee 41-46 12 1.7 The Limitations of Intelligence 47-52 14 1.8 Risks to Good Assessment 53-58 15 1.9 The Use of Intelligence 59 16 Chapter 2 COUNTRIES OF CONCERN OTHER 17 THAN IRAQ AND GLOBAL TRADE 2.1 Introduction 60-63 17 2.2 AQ Khan 17 Introduction 64 17 What Was Known 65-72 18 Validation 73 19 Conclusions 74-75 19 2.3 Libya 20 Introduction 76-78 20 What Was Known 79-80 20 Use of the Intelligence 81-82 21 Validation 83 21 Conclusions 84 22


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