There are a limited number of intelligence analysis books available on the market. Intelligence Analysis Fundamentals is an introductory, accessible text for college level undergraduate and graduate level courses. While the principles outlined in the book largely follow military intelligence terminology and practice, concepts are presented to correlate with intelligence gathering and analysis performed in law enforcement, homeland security, and corporate and business security roles. Most of the existing texts on intelligence gathering and analysis focus on specific types of intelligence such as ‘target centric’ intelligence, and many of these, detail information from a position of prior knowledge. In other words, they are most valuable to the consumer who has a working-level knowledge of the subject.
The book is general enough in nature that a lay student—interested in pursuing a career in intelligence, Homeland Security, or other related areas of law enforcement—will benefit from it. No prior knowledge of intelligence analysis, functions, or operations is assumed. Chapters illustrate methods and techniques that, over the years, have consistently demonstrate results, superior to those achieved with other means. Chapters describe such analytical methods that are most widely used in the intelligence community and serve as recognized standards and benchmarks in the practice of intelligence analysis. All techniques have been selected for inclusion for their specific application to homeland security, criminal investigations, and intelligence operations.
The book will be a welcome addition to the body of literature available and a widely used reference for professionals and students alike.
1. Defining Intelligence Analysis
2. The Intelligence Cycle
3. Thinking About Thinking
4. Perception and Deception
5. Knowing Your Audience
6. Analytical Communication
7. Defining the Problem
8. Generating the Hypothesis
9. The Collection Process
10. Analytical Tradecraft
11. Cognitive Traps for Intelligence Analysis
12. Probability Estimation
13. Creating an Analytical Plan
14. Preparing and Conducting Intelligence Briefings
15. Best Practices
16. Operations Security OPSEC