Interdepartmental Cooperation in Defence Issues and Strategic Intelligence

  • Nebojsa Nikolic Strategic Research Institute, Ministry of Defence
  • Svetlana Jankovic Strategic Research Institute, Ministry of Defence
  • Dejan Vuletic Strategic Research Institute, Ministry of Defence


The motivation for this paper comes from one successfully conducted empirical research about motivation of potential candidates to serve in the active reserve as a kind of military service which is recently introduced in the Serbian Army. The research team was faced with a set of problems related to the deadlines, resources and mandate issues. A solution was found in agile interdepartmental cooperation. Firstly, we started with identification of missing resources and mandates of our research team. Then, we investigated where we could find the missing issues. After that, we established lines for cooperation with other departments in the MoD. The clarity of interdepartmental communication and concretisation of demands and expectations were crucial for success. In the end we realized the full potential of interdepartmental cooperation and started to think about that phenomenon in the wider context of defence and security issues. We found some other examples of interdepartmental cooperation in earlier efforts of the defence sector reform, as well as some results in other armies. The paper presents strengths and opportunities of interdepartmental cooperation through temporary engaged working groups in the specific defence sector environment, as well as potential obstacles. In a wider aspect, interdepartmental cooperation in defence and security issues becomes more and more important because of new security challenges we are facing today.

Author Biographies

Nebojsa Nikolic, Strategic Research Institute, Ministry of Defence

Nebojsa Nikolic (1964), PhD, is a research associate at the Strategic Research Institute and associate professor at the Military Academy. Prior to academic work he performed numerous duties in military units. His research interest is highly influenced by the needs of the military organization and oriented towards: decision making theory, strategic management, multi-criteria ranking problems, simulation, logistics and other disciplines
relevant to the military organizations.

Svetlana Jankovic, Strategic Research Institute, Ministry of Defence

Svetlana Jankovic, MA, is a research assistant at the Strategic Research Institute. She is a Lieutenant Colonel of the Serbian Army with a strong professional background acquired on numerous duties in different military units and commands across the country. She earned her master’s degree at the Faculty of Civil Defense in Belgrade. Her
areas of expertise are defence and security, gender and resources protection.

Dejan Vuletic, Strategic Research Institute, Ministry of Defence

Dejan Vuletic (1972), PhD, is a Lieutenant Colonel and a member of the Strategic Research Institute since 2004. He graduated in 1995, defended his Master thesis in 2005 at the Military Academy, and his PhD thesis: “Cyber Crime and the possibility of itsdetection” in 2009 at the Faculty of Organizational Sciences in Belgrade. He is an assistant professor at the Military Academy, in the informatics area.

How to Cite
Nikolic, N., Jankovic, S., & Vuletic, D. (2017). Interdepartmental Cooperation in Defence Issues and Strategic Intelligence. Management:Journal Of Sustainable Business And Management Solutions In Emerging Economies, 21(80), 35-44. doi:10.7595/management.fon.2016.0017