Intelligence Analysis: A Target-centric Approach

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CQ Press, 2004 - Political Science - 285 pages
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For years intelligence analysis has followed a decision-making process that is hierarchical in nature and linear in flow, wherein analysts are insulated from valuable and critical feedback. It's a model that no longer makes sense for today's world. Analysts in all fields work in an environment dramatically changed by technology and greatly impacted by new, politically-charged considerations. A flatter, horizontal, networked solution has proven to be much more effective. In his ground-breaking book, Dr. Robert Clark addresses this crucial shift in focus with clear, straightforward instructions on the advantages of a collaborative, target-centric process that fully attends to the needs of the customer. Designed to give analysts and practitioners state-of-the-art, practical information and skills, Intelligence Analysis guides readers through the art of target modeling and organizational analysis, as well as quantitative and predictive techniques. Intelligence collectors, consumers, and analysts can and should work together to create and share a conceptual model of the intelligence target. Simply put, it's a smarter, more sensible way to collect, synthesize, and utilize intelligence. The author makes extensive use of real-world examples and cases and employs nearly 100 graphic elements to illustrate the versatility and effectiveness of his methodology. A good read, a handy reference source, and a proven toolkit, practitioners in both industry and academia should not miss the opportunity to do intelligence in a more intelligent manner.

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User Review  - Rachel Bayles - Goodreads

Required reading. Fully explains all the concepts presented, and gets into the kind of detail required to pick apart the process. A must for any analyst's bookshelf. Read full review

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User Review  - Rayrumtum - Goodreads

This is a pretty thorough take on several portions of the intelligence cycle. It used both a strategic and tactical persoective. Good for those interested in this field. Read full review


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Robert M. Clark is the former president and chief executive officer of the Scientific and Technical Analysis Corporation. He served in the U.S. Air Force as an electronics warfare officer and intelligence officer, reaching the reserve rank of lieutenant colonel. He also served in the CIA as an analyst and executive in the intelligence directorate. The author of Intelligence Analysis: Estimation and Prediction, Clark holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois and a J.D. from George Washington University. He is a presidential interchange executive, a member of the Virginia State Bar, and a patent attorney

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