Office of Strategic Studies

Office of Strategic Studies
   Widely described as a "think tank" collecting information on matters of domestic and international importance to the State Peace and Development Council regime, the OSS, a Military Intelligence organ, was established in the mid-1990s and had five areas of responsibility: international issues, narcotics, security, ethnic minority affairs, and science and the environment. It organized and participated in international conferences involving academic and official participants from countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and beyond. Although formally superior to the Directorate of Defense Services Intelligence within the Ministry of Defense hierarchy, its importance had declined even before the purge of Military Intelligence head Khin Nyunt in October 2004. Many observers believe the OSS was set up to give Khin Nyunt a strategic command, justifying his promotion to lieutenant general in 1994.
   See also Military Intelligence, Organization of.

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