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" presents the 1st accomplished review of the kingdom of intelligence research on account that 11th of September. Its in-depth and balanced overview of greater than fifty years of U.S. research encompasses 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 study within the post-9/11 international, and indicates cutting edge rules for more suitable analytical equipment, education, and based techniques. The book's six sections current a coherent plan for bettering research. Early chapters learn how intelligence research has advanced because its origins within the mid-20th century, targeting traditions, tradition, successes, and failures.The center sections study how research helps the main senior nationwide defense and army policymakers and strategists, and the way analysts needs to care for the perennial demanding situations of assortment, politicization, analytical bias, wisdom construction and denial and deception. the ultimate sections of the booklet suggest new how one can handle enduring matters in caution research, technique (or 'analytical tradecraft') and rising analytic matters like place of origin safety. The booklet indicates new kinds of analytic collaboration in an international intelligence surroundings, and imperatives for the advance of a brand new career of intelligence research. "Analyzing Intelligence" is written for the nationwide safety specialist who must comprehend the position of intelligence and its strengths and weaknesses.Practicing and destiny analysts also will locate that its awareness to the iconic demanding situations presents beneficial lessons-learned to lead their very own efforts. The options part will galvanize senior intelligence managers to think about significant alterations within the manner research is presently geared up and performed, and how that analysts are educated and practice.
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Research is like an intellectual savings account that provides the capital that accumulates and builds knowledge. In fact, research—the foundation of expertise—underlies all analytic tasks. It not only benefits intelligence consumers but also serves to train and build a knowledge base for analysts. Research can also, but does not always, force analysts and consumers to stretch their minds, challenge preexisting mindsets, and imagine alternative outcomes. The Record: From Cold War to Terrorism Characterizing fifty years of analysis on the myriad intelligence topics covered can only be done with the benefit of hindsight.
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. His 1949 book, Strategic Intelligence for American World Policy, explained analysis and the intelligence process in ways that continue to inform intelligence professionals today.
But their backgrounds were less impressive in other respects. Only one had a PhD, and 6 had no college degree. 16 Organizing Analysis Spurring the evolution of intelligence analysis in the United States—and especially enhancing the CIA’s role as America’s premier all-source analytic agency—was the fallout from Communist North Korea’s surprise invasion of South Korea in June 1950. Suddenly the cold war had turned hot less than a year after the Soviets exploded an atomic bomb and China went Communist, and Sino-Soviet collusion against the West seemed undeniable.