Critical Thinking for Strategic Intelligence

ISBN-10: 1452226679

ISBN-13: 9781452226675

Edition: 2013 (Revised)

Authors: Randolph H. Pherson, Katherine Hibbs Pherson

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Accomplished instructors and intelligence practitioners Beebe and Pherson have created a set of twelve robust, class-tested cases on events in foreign intelligence, counterintelligence, terrorism, homeland security, law enforcement, and decision-making support. The case studies are designed to give analysts-intraining a hands-on opportunity to apply structured analytic techniques to tackle real-life problems. Each case delivers a compelling narrative and a set of step-by-step instructions that make teaching and learning as effective and efficient as possible. Key Features: - Questions at the start of each case challenge the student to think critically and help the students bring the case into focus; - Carefully crafted narratives provide the right amount of detail to give a realistic sense of the complexity and challenges of the case; - Recommended readings at the end of each narrative allow room for further research - Sections entitled "Structured Analytic Techniques in Action" frame the analytic tasks and provide step-by-step instructions for applying three to fi ve analytic techniques in a series of exercises for each case study; - Two hundred photos, maps, figures, tables, boxes, and technique templates support analysis and instruction; and - A matrix of the cases and techniques used in each cases augment the annotated table of contents and provide students and instructors an all-in-one view of the contents.
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Book details

List price: $40.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: CQ Press
Publication date: 10/23/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

List of Tables, Figures, and Boxes
About the Authors
How Do I Get Started?
Who Are the Customers?
What Are the Key Questions?
What Is the Broader Context for the Analysis?
How Should I Conceptualize My Product?
What Is My Analytic Approach?
Can Collaboration Contribute to a Better Answer?
Where Is the Information I Need?
How Do Models Help My Analysis?
What Types of Information Are Available?
Can I Trust the Sources?
How Should I Evaluate Sources on the Internet?
What Is My Argument?
Are My Key Assumptions Well-Founded?
Can I Make My Case?
Did I Consider Alternative Hypotheses?
How Do I Deal With Politicization?
How Might I Be Spectacularly Wrong?
How Do I Convey My Message Effectively?
Is My Argument Persuasive?
How Should I Portray Probability and Levels of Confidence?
How Can Graphics Support My Analysis?
How Do I Present My Message in the Most Compelling Way?
How Do I Know When I Am Finished?
Case Studies
Countering the Iranian Nuclear Threat: Stuxnet and Its Broader Implications
Puzzling Food Poisonings in Germany
The End of the Era of Aircraft Carriers
Financial Crises in the United States: Chronic or Avoidable?
Yemen: The Next Afghanistan?
Glossary of Terms
List of Names
Recommended Readings
The Analyst's Roadmap (Inside Back Cover)
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