Handbook of Scientific Methods of Inquiry for Intelligence Analysis

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Scarecrow Press, Mar 19, 2010 - Political Science - 248 pages
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With the exponential growth in the intelligence field in the last few years, the profession has grown much larger and its mission more complex. Government and private sector security agencies have recruited intelligence analysts to process what has become a voluminous amount of raw information flowing into these agencies' data collection systems. Unfortunately, there is an unmet need for analysts who are able to process these data. For this reason there are a growing number of colleges and universities that offer intelligence training so that candidates for analyst positions can take-up their duties without protracted on-the-job instruction. Handbook of Scientific Methods of Inquiry for Intelligence Analysis offers students in such courses a way of gaining the analytic skills essential to undertake intelligence work. This book acquaints students and analysts with how intelligence fits into the larger research framework. It covers not only the essentials of applied research but also explains the function, structure, and operational methods specifically involved in intelligence work. It looks at how analysts work with classified information in a security conscious environment, as well as obtaining data via covert methods. Students are left with little doubt about what intelligence is and how it is developed using scientific methods of inquiry.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 The Fundamentals of Intelligence
1
Chapter 2 The Intelligence Research Process
20
Chapter 3 Scientific Methods in Intelligence Research
43
Chapter 4 Approaches to Intelligence Research
54
Chapter 5 Unobtrusive Data Collection
61
Chapter 6 Covert Sources of Information
72
Chapter 7 Data Collation Techniques
97
Chapter 8 Basic Statistical Analyses
107
Chapter 10 Advanced Analytic Techniques
135
Chapter 11 Analytic Techniques for Counterterrorism
162
Chapter 12 Presenting Spatial Data
182
Chapter 13 The Intelligence Research Report
187
Chapter 14 Ethical Considerations in Intelligence Research
207
Chapter 15 Document and Personnel Security
218
Appendix
231
About the Author
233

Chapter 9 Presenting Statistical Results
128

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Hank Prunckun is adjunct associate professor of criminal intelligence at the Australian Graduate School of Policing, Charles Sturt University, Sydney. He is the author of Shadow of Death: An Analytic Bibliography on Political Violence, Terrorism, and Low-Intensity Conflict (Scarecrow, 1995) and Special Access Required: A Practitioner's Guide to Law Enforcement Intelligence Literature (Scarecrow, 1990).

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