Three words often used incorrectly and interchangeably — all with their own specific meaning, similar in nature but when used in the wrong context the impact on operations can be significant. When this happens, it can lead to intelligence failures that have historical consequences, impacting an organisation or country for decades to come (foreign policy 2012)

In simple terms Data is usually a collection of facts, often unstructured and without form, Information is understanding those facts and placing them in context of the task (or operation), whereas Intelligence is the analysis of several streams of verified information resulting in an…

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