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CIC Vancouver Island: A presentation by John Pyrik, The Israeli Intelligence Failure of Oct 7, 2023

June 19 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm PDT

Israel was caught off guard. What factors led to this failure of intelligence? Were lessons learned from the intelligence failure of the 1973 Yom Kippur War forgotten? Were Israel’s leaders negligent?

In the weeks that followed, we learned that many warnings were given, but all were ignored. What happened?

In this presentation, John Pyrik, a former CSIS Intelligence Officer will explain how errors of collection, assessment, and leadership contributed to an intelligence failure that has cost the lives of over 30,000 people. He will also provide some insight into Canada’s strengths and weaknesses in intelligence collection and collaboration with other countries.

John Pyrik has 27-years of investigative and analytic experience. He has worked for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCS), the Financial Transactions Reports and Analysis Agency (FINTRAC), and the Privy Council Office (PCO) where he created and ran a training program for intelligence analysts.

For the last 15 years, has focussed on improving analytic tradecraft. John began teaching online in 1998. He has instructed for the Justice Institute of BC since 2011. John continues to write, teach and consult on matters related to intelligence analysis.

John has a BA in International Relations from UBC and a Graduate Certificate from JIBC.


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