Assessing the Tradecraft of Intelligence Analysis (Technical by Gregory F. Treverton

By Gregory F. Treverton

This file assesses intelligence research around the major U.S. intelligence companies and makes a few concepts, a few of which parallel tasks that experience started within the wake of the December 2004 laws, for example, create a Deputy Director of nationwide Intelligence as a focus for research, identify a countrywide Intelligence college, construct a protracted time period research Unit on the nationwide Intelligence Council, and shape an Open resource heart for making extra artistic use of open-source fabrics.

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In 2006, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) was created to provide a focal point for technology development in the Intelligence Community, subsuming both ITIC and the Advanced Research and Development Activity (ARDA). , “cratology”) Other more standard tools for “bookkeeping” Uniue imagery interpretation skills Data-mining and pattern recognition Human analysis skills Global analysis tradecraft Tradecraft experience Traffic analysis HUMINT interpretation All-source fusion analysis Integrated analysis Military capabilities Systems, analysis skills Campaign analysis Economic capabilities Political intentions Activity analysis Standard economic modeling Technical and operational insight and syehtsis for military problems System performance models Political and economic insight for other issues Network analysis Horizontal integration Complex network simulation Interactive research tools willing to invest the time and effort necessary to learn to use them.

Planned analysis experiments and demonstration tests that compare and contrast different analytic methodologies; well structured table-top games; better time-management tools; advanced, user-friendly analysis software tools; and improved mechanisms to take advantage of relevant R&D outside the NFIP will all improve the performance of future analysts. 1, which also summarizes the key themes that emerge from looking at the analytic community of today and tomorrow. As we have noted—and all seem to agree—the general rubric of “analysis” covers a broad range of activities, each involving its own special set of skills and analytical tools.

That may still be the best approach to solving the problem, but it raises two issues. One is the question of what kind of skills the Intelligence Community “analyst” needs. Do intelligence agency officers become contract monitors? An analyst who is to be primarily a contract monitor need not have all the analytical skills of one who does the actual work but still needs to know enough to be an intelligent consumer and to integrate the contracted work into the flow of intelligence. The other issue is whether there will be capacity in the civilian sector.

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