Analyzing Intelligence: Origins, Obstacles and Innovations

Analyzing Intelligence: Origins, Obstacles and Innovations

By: Roger Z. George (editor), James B. Bruce (editor)Paperback

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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. The innovations section will provoke senior intelligence managers to consider major changes in the way analysis is currently organized and conducted, and the way that analysts are trained and perform.

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Roger Z. George is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and is currently a senior analyst at the CIA's Global Futures Partnership. He is a career CIA intelligence analyst who has served at the Departments of State and Defense and has been the National Intelligence Officer for Europe. He has taught at the National War College and other private universities and is coeditor of Intelligence and the National Security Strategist: Enduring Issues and Challenges. James B. Bruce is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation. He is a retired career CIA intelligence analyst who has served with the National Intelligence Council, within the Directorates of Intelligence and Operations, and has worked extensively with other intelligence community organizations. He has taught at the National War College and has authored numerous studies on intelligence and deception.


PrefaceIntroduction: Intelligence Analysis-The Emergence of a DisciplineJames B. Bruce and Roger Z. GeorgePart One: The Analytic Tradition 1. The Evolution of Intelligence AnalysisJohn H. Hedley 2. The Track Record: CIA Analysis from 1950-2000Richard J. Kerr 3. Is Intelligence Analysis a Discipline?Rebecca Fisher and Rob Johnston Part Two: The Policy-Analyst Relationship4. Serving the National PolicymakerJohn McLaughlin 5. The Policymaker's Perspective: Transparency and PartnershipJames B. Steinberg 6. Intelligence Analysis: Between "Politicization" and IrrelevanceGregory F. Treverton Part Three: Enduring Challenges7. The Art of Strategy and IntelligenceRoger Z. George 8. Foreign Denial and Deception: Analytical ImperativesJames B. Bruce and Michael Bennett 9. U.S. Military Intelligence Analysis: Old and New ChallengesDavid Thomas Part Four: Diagnosis and Prescription 10. Why Bad Things Happen to Good AnalystsJack Davis11. Making Analysis More Reliable: Why Epistemology Matters to IntelligenceJames B. Bruce 12. The Missing Link: The Analyst-Collector RelationshipJames B. Bruce Part Five: Leading Analytic Change13. Managing Analysis in the Information AgeJohn C. Gannon 14. Intelligence in Transition: Analysis after September 11 and IraqMark M. Lowenthal15. The New AnalysisCarmen A. Medina Part Six: New Frontiers of Analysis 16. Computer-Aided Analysis of Competing HypothesesRichards J. Heuer Jr. 17. Predictive Warning: Teams, Networks, and Scientific MethodTimothy J. Smith 18. Homeland Security Intelligence: Rationale, Requirements, and Current StatusBruce Berkowitz Conclusion: The Age of Analysis Roger Z. George and James B. Bruce Glossary of Analytic TermsContributorsIndex

Product Details

  • publication date: 11/04/2008
  • ISBN13: 9781589012011
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 352
  • ID: 9781589012011
  • weight: 635
  • ISBN10: 1589012011

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