Analyzing Intelligence: Origins, Obstacles, and Innovations by Roger Z. George, James B. Bruce

By Roger Z. George, James B. Bruce

Drawing at the person and collective adventure of well-known intelligence specialists and students within the box, "Analyzing Intelligence" offers the 1st entire evaluation of the nation of intelligence research when you consider that Sept. 11. Its in-depth and balanced assessment of greater than fifty years of U.S. research incorporates a critique of why it has under-performed now and then. It presents insights in regards to the enduring stumbling blocks in addition to new demanding situations of research within the post-9/11 international, and indicates leading edge rules for more suitable analytical tools, education, and based ways. The book's six sections current a coherent plan for making improvements to research. Early chapters learn how intelligence research has advanced on the grounds that its origins within the mid-20th century, concentrating on traditions, tradition, successes, and failures.The heart sections study how research helps the main senior nationwide safeguard and armed forces policymakers and strategists, and the way analysts needs to take care of the perennial demanding situations of assortment, politicization, analytical bias, wisdom development and denial and deception. the ultimate sections of the e-book suggest new how you can handle enduring matters in caution research, technique (or 'analytical tradecraft') and rising analytic concerns like place of origin safety. The e-book indicates new different types of analytic collaboration in a world intelligence atmosphere, and imperatives for the advance of a brand new occupation of intelligence research. "Analyzing Intelligence" is written for the nationwide defense professional who must comprehend the function of intelligence and its strengths and weaknesses.Practicing and destiny analysts also will locate that its awareness to the long-lasting demanding situations presents invaluable lessons-learned to lead their very own efforts. The strategies part will impress senior intelligence managers to think about significant adjustments within the method research is at present geared up and performed, and how that analysts are expert and practice.

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33 The 1980s saw not only reorganization but also the first wave of a revolution in office technology that would eventually transform the analysts’ working environment. By then every analyst had a secure telephone. Manual typewriters gave way to electric typewriters and then first-generation word processors. Vast 30 ͉ John H. Hedley resources were devoted to the enormous task of giving each analyst a mainframe-supported personal computer on his or her desk. By 1985, analysts throughout the intelligence community had gained the capability to read, store, and retrieve classified cables and documents electronically.

Hedley employed structured analytic techniques designed to expose key (often termed ‘‘Linchpin’’) assumptions. See Roger Z. George, ‘‘Fixing the Problem of Analytical Mindsets,’’ in Intelligence and the National Security Strategist, ed. Roger Z. George and Robert D. Kline (Washington: National Defense University, 2005), 315–16. 38. S. Government Printing Office, 2005). See also Richard A. : Rowman & Littlefield, 2005); and Richard A. S. : Rowman & Littlefield, 2006). CHAPTER 2 The Track Record: CIA Analysis from 1950 to 2000 Richard J.

An Office of Scientific Intelligence conducted weapons-related research—despite opposition from the military services, which saw that as their exclusive domain. 20 Setting Standards Sherman Kent, who became head of the Office of National Estimates in 1952, helped set the tone for that organization for its next decade and a half. A veteran of the OSS’s Research and Analysis Branch, a former professor, and an intelligence analyst for more than three decades, Kent would leave a legacy as perhaps The Evolution of Intelligence Analysis ͉ 25 America’s foremost practitioner of the analytic craft.

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