Brunel’s Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies (BCISS) is a University Inter-Disciplinary Research Centre, taking in members from the School of Engineering and Design, School of Law, and from the Department of Economics and Finance from the School of Social Sciences, as well as core members from the Department of Politics and History.
- To provide a centre of excellence in research and publication in intelligence and security issues
- To develop and deliver a world-class graduate training programme in intelligence and security studies
- To pursue and engage in consultancy for the public and private sectors on intelligence-related matters
- To contribute to public education and advise on intelligence issues through the news media and other public outreach media.
BCISS is the first academic centre established in the UK to deal specifically with intelligence issues, policy and institutions. It was established in November 2003 with the mission to promote and develop social science and policy-oriented approaches to intelligence. This was in contrast with the prevailing British tradition of mainly historical intelligence scholarship.