FPRI Terminology: 

  • Intelligence Activities: In essence, intelligence is knowledge and analysis designed to assist action. Intelligence activities consist of both foreign intelligence and counterintelligence. Foreign intelligence means information relating to the capabilities, intentions, or activities of foreign governments or elements thereof, foreign organizations, foreign persons, or international terrorists. Counterintelligence is described as information gathered and activities conducted to identify, deceive, exploit, disrupt, or protect against espionage, other intelligence activities, sabotage, or assassinations conducted for or on behalf of foreign powers, organizations, or persons, or their agents, or international terrorist organizations or activities.
  • Nontraditional Warfare: The combination of irregular and political warfare to achieve political goals short of declared war or to serve as force multipliers in the event of a declared war.
  • Irregular Warfare: A form of warfare by state or non-state groups in which one side fights another to achieve political goals via indirect methods such as insurgency, subversion, and terrorism and the methods used by the other side to defeat that effort.
  • Political Warfare: the overt or covert employment of elements of national power including cyber, economic, financial, informational, paramilitary, and political statecraft tools short of declared war against a hostile state or non-state

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Nontraditional Warfare: