Dr Kjetil Anders Hatlebrekke is Senior Visiting Research Fellow in the department of War Studies, King's College London, and Associate Professor at the Defence Intelligence University College, Oslo. He is Doctor of Philosophy in War Studies/Intelligence Theory from King´s College, London, and holds in addition to his doctor degree, two master degrees in War Studies and Conflict & Security and Development Studies.
Hatlebrekke founded the Professional Advanced Intelligence Course at the Norwegian Defence Command and Staff College in Oslo, and was Programme Director between 2008 and 2010. He has served in the Norwegian Defence Establishment since 1990, and has operational experience from Bosnia, Kosovo, the Middle East and Afghanistan
He is currently working on a scholarly monograph that will be published on Edinburgh University Press, which he will complete under the auspices of the KCL visiting research position. His research interests reside in: Why is intelligence so hard to define? Why is there no systematic or adequate theory of intelligence? Hatlebrekke argues that classic intelligence analysis has been premised on a blind belief in an automatic inference between history and the future. This hypothesis introduces the problem of induction, and how it has negatively shaped intelligence production in the past. Hatlebrekke uses classic intelligence failures to demonstrate how the problem of induction has created a restricted language in intelligence communities that limits threat perception, and thus decreases perception and acknowledgement of threats that appear in new variations. This language also makes intelligence hard to define. In particular, Hatlebrekke, thus analyses the complexity of relationship between discourse failure, intelligence failure, threat perception, intelligence estimates, critical rationalism and the principle of falsification.
Dr. Hatlebrekke has been instrumental in developing intelligence studies in the Norwegian Armed Forces by establishing the intelligence studies module at the Norwegian Defence College with considerable War Studies input. Since then an entire Intelligence University has been establishednd in Norway.
Hatlebrekke is also an expert advisor to the Globsec Intelligence Reform Initiative (steering committee: Carl Bildt, August Hanning, Lord John Reid and chaired by Michael Chertoff, former Homeland Security Secretary of the United States).