Analyzing Intelligence Origins, Obstacles, and Innovations

ISBN-10: 1589012011

ISBN-13: 9781589012011

Edition: 2nd 2008 (Revised)

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Description: Drawing on the individual and collective experience of recognized intelligence experts and scholars in the field, Analyzing Intelligence provides the first comprehensive assessment of the state of intelligence analysis since 9/11. Its in-depth and balanced evaluation of more than fifty years of U.S. analysis includes a critique of why it has under-performed at times. It provides insights regarding the enduring obstacles as well as new challenges of analysis in the post-9/11 world, and suggests innovative ideas for improved analytical methods, training, and structured approaches. The book's six sections present a coherent plan for improving analysis. Early chapters examine how intelligence analysis has evolved since its origins in the mid-20th century, focusing on traditions, culture, successes, and failures. The middle sections examine how analysis supports the most senior national security and military policymakers and strategists, and how analysts must deal with the perennial challenges of collection, politicization, analytical bias, knowledge building and denial and deception. The final sections of the book propose new ways to address enduring issues in warning analysis, methodology (or "analytical tradecraft") and emerging analytic issues like homeland defense. The book suggests new forms of analytic collaboration in a global intelligence environment, and imperatives for the development of a new profession of intelligence analysis. Analyzing Intelligence is written for the national security expert who needs to understand the role of intelligence and its strengths and weaknesses. Practicing and future analysts will also find that its attention to the enduring challenges provides useful lessons-learned to guide their own efforts.

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List price: $29.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publication date: 4/9/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.474
Language: English

Intelligence Analysis - The Emergence of a Discipline
The Analytic Tradition
The Evolution of Intelligence Analysis
The Track Record: CIA Analysis from 1950 to 2000
Is Intelligence Analysis a Discipline?
The Policy-Analyst Relationship
Serving the National Policymaker
The Policymaker's Perspective: Transparency and Partnership
Intelligence Analysis: Between "Politicization" and Irrelevance
Enduring Challenges
The Art of Strategy and Intelligence
Foreign Denial and Deception: Analytical Imperatives
U.S. Military Intelligence Analysis: Old and New Challenges
Diagnosis and Prescription
Why Bad Things Happen to Good Analysts
Making Analysis More Reliable: Why Epistemology Matters to Intelligence
The Missing Link: The Analyst-Collector Relationship
Leading Analytic Change
Managing Analysis in the Information Age
Intelligence in Transition: Analysis after September 11 and Iraq
The New Analysis
New Frontiers of Analysis
Computer-Aided Analysis of Competing Hypotheses
Predictive Warning: Teams, Networks, and Scientific Method
Homeland Security Intelligence: Rationale, Requirements, and Current Status
Conclusion: The Age of Analysis
Glossary of Analysis Terms
Contributors
Index
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