Communicating with Intelligence Writing and Briefing in the Intelligence and National Security Communities

ISBN-10: 0810861194
ISBN-13: 9780810861190
Edition: 2008
Authors: James S. Major
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List price: $57.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Scarecrow Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/27/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 444
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

Since September 11, 2001, colleges and universities nationwide have expanded their curricula to include intelligence and national security studies, many offering degrees in the subjects. Curiously, no book exists for classroom use in teaching the important skills needed by these professionals to ensure their products, papers, and reports are properly written or briefed. Communicating with Intelligence: Writing and Briefing in the Intelligence and National Security Communities fills that gap and is aimed primarily at faculty and students pursuing studies in intelligence, national security, homeland security, or homeland defense, but it also has considerable value for intelligence professionals who want to hone their writing or briefing skills.

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Writing with Intelligence
Reading Intelligence Publications
Summary
Read to Write
Who Needs It-and Why?
The Forms: Basic, Current, and Estimative
Content: Looking at the Format
Evaluating Finished Intelligence
Other Considerations
Reading for the Sake of Writing
Exercises in Reading Intelligence
Answers to the Exercises in Chapter 1
Basic Tools of Writing with Intelligence
Summary
Why Write?
Clarity
Conciseness
Correctness
Other Considerations of Correctness: Modifiers and Punctuation
Exercises in the Basic Tools of Intelligence Writing
Answers to the Exercises in Chapter 2
Other Important Considerations: Appropriateness, Completeness, and Coherence
Summary
Appropriateness
Completeness
Coherence
Using the Basic Tools
Some Final Thoughts about the Basics
Exercises in Appropriateness, Completeness, and Coherence
Answers to the Exercises in Chapter 3
Prewriting: Getting Ready to Write
Summary
Finding Your Subject
Focusing on Form and Format
Finding the Time and Space
Finding the Right Reference Materials
Some Prewriting Tools: Building a Foundation
Prewriting: Maps and Trees
Searching, Researching
Exercises in Prewriting
Answers to the Exercises in Chapter 4
Writing the First Draft
Summary
Getting Started: Good Writing Habits
Reader Considerations: Some Basic Truths
Reading: A Basic Complement to Writing
The Style of Intelligence Writing: Bottom Line Up Front
Drafting
Organizing the First Draft
Writing That First Draft
The Bottom Line: Focus
Remaining Objective
Evaluating Sources
Evaluating Arguments
Final Dressing: Titles and Headings
One Final Note
Exercises in Writing the First Draft
Answers to the Exercises in Chapter 5
Revision: Polishing Your Writing
Summary
Basic Revision Techniques
Ending on a Positive Note
Peer Review: A Means toward Revision
Review of Content
Thesis and Overview Statements
Paragraphing to Group Related Ideas and Details
Cohesive Devices
Transitions
What about Grammar-Checkers?
Readability Indexes
Commonly Asked Questions about Revision
For Examining Your Own Writing Process
Exercises in Revision
Answers to the Exercises in Chapter 6
Writing and Reviewing Analytical Papers
Summary
The Types of Intelligence Writing
What Is an Analytical Paper?
A Model Process for Reviewing an Analytical Paper
Constraints on Review
Styles of Review
Review Guidelines: 14 Points for Better Analytical Writing
A "Four Sweeps" Strategy for Reviewing Papers
Exercises in Writing and Reviewing Analytical Papers
Answers to the Exercises in Chapter 7
Supplemental Exercises
Writing a Thesis Statement
Writing a Paragraph
Writing a Summary
Getting the Bottom Line Up Front
Types of Intelligence Writing-Descriptive, Explanatory, and Estimative
Avoiding Passive Voice and Wordiness
Reviewing Writing-Your Own and Others'
Peer Review of Student Writing
Answers to the Exercises in Chapter 8
Briefing with Intelligence
Why Brief?
Summary
Getting the Word Out
The Learning Process
Types of Briefings
"All of the Above" or "None of the Above"?
The ABCs of a Good Intelligence Briefing
Summary
Easy as ABC
The ABCs of a Good Intelligence Briefer
Summary
The Other Half: The Briefer
Summing Up, from A to C
Getting Organized to Brief
Summary
Finding Your Subject and the Time
Plan Ahead
Writing the Briefing
Summary
Writing the Briefing Script
Free Sample Briefing Introduction
Putting the Words and Pictures Together
Summing Up
Fine-Tuning Your Briefing: Voice, Notes, and Visuals
Summary
Use of Voice
Use of Notes
Use of Visual Aids
The Best Tip of All
Doing It!
Summary
Getting Up to Brief
Rehearse First
The Big Day at Last
A Usage Glossary for Intelligence Writers
Intelligence Briefing Checklist
A "Free Sample" Briefing Introduction
A Sample Briefing Conclusion
Briefing Evaluation Form
Annotated Bibliography
Dictionaries and Thesauruses
Books on Writing Style, Grammar, Composition, and Research
Briefing-Related Sources
Other Sources Used or Consulted for This Book
Index
Writing with Intelligence
Briefing with Intelligence
About the Author

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