By Ph.D. Rob Johnston
Identifies and describes stipulations and variables that negatively impact intelligence research. Investigates analytic tradition, technique, errors, and failure in the Intelligence group. makes use of an utilized anthropological method that comes with interviews, direct and player commentary, and concentration teams. incorporates a bibliography.
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33 CHAPTER THREE edge and furthering the growth of individual disciplines. A taxonomy differentiates domains by specifying the scope of inquiry, codifying naming conventions, identifying areas of interest, helping to set research priorities, and often leading to new theories. Taxonomies are signposts, indicating what is known and what has yet to be discovered. This chapter, to which more than 100 individuals contributed their time and advice, proposes a taxonomy for the field of intelligence. It is my hope that the resulting organized listing of variables will help practitioners strengthen their understanding of the analytic process and point them in directions that need additional attention.
The Central Intelligence Agency: A Photographic History. 19 J. R. Thompson, R. Hopf-Weichel, and R. Geiselman, The Cognitive Bases of Intelligence Analysis. 20 Richards J. , Psychology of Intelligence Analysis. 13 36 A TAXONOMY OF INTELLIGENCE system to make assumptions and interpret information. ” 21 These definitions reflect the other end of the spectrum from those concerned with tools and techniques. They suggest that the analytic process is a construction of the human mind and is significantly different from individual to individual or group to group.
Community members quite often used the word “tradecraft” to describe intelligence analysis during the interviews, observations, training programs, workshops, and actual analytic tasks that I performed for this study. Analysts, managers, instructors, and academic researchers employed the word “tradecraft” as a catchall for the often-idiosyncratic methods and techniques required to perform analysis. Although the intelligence literature often refers to tradecraft, the works tend to be a collection of suggestions and tips for writing and communicating with co-workers, supervisors, and consumers instead of focusing on a thorough examination of the analytic process and techniques.
Analytic Culture in the United States Intelligence Community: An Ethnographic Study by Ph.D. Rob Johnston