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Taking Intelligence Analysis to the Next Level
Advanced Intelligence Analysis Methodologies Using Real-World Business, Crime, Military, and Terrorism Examples

ISBN 9781032136738
Published September 15, 2022 by CRC Press
350 Pages 129 Color & 74 B/W Illustrations

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Taking Intelligence to the Next Level: Advanced Intelligence Analysis Methodologies Using Real-World Business, Crime, Military, and Terrorism Examples examines intelligence gathering and analysis and the significance of these programs. Coverage assumes a basic understanding of the intelligence cycle and processes, and the book builds upon the author’s previous text, Intelligence Analysis Fundamentals—also published by CRC Press—to further address various types of intelligence, the function and increasing usage of intelligence in both the private and public sectors, and the consumption of intelligence products to inform strategic decision-making.

Developed for a classroom environment, chapters are packed with multiple examples, visuals, and practical exercises tailored for the intelligence community (IC), military intelligence analyst, criminal, or business analyst alike. The text begins with a chapter on analytical ethics, an important topic that sets the tone for those to come that cover intelligence gathering analytical techniques. The author utilizes multiple instructive learning approaches to build on the student’s existing analytical skills gained from other training resources, their experience, or some other combination.

While topics covered are germane to all intelligence analysis fields—including military, national, political, criminal, and business—specific chapters and sections and most instructional examples, scenarios, exercises, and learning activities focus on the Homeland Security Mission and the associated problem sets. The training presentation methods and instructional approaches are the product of much thought, research, and discussion, and a variety of US government and commercial analytical training methodologies are presented. The book closes with a final chapter looking at future trends in intelligence analysis.

Key Features:

  • Provides tools to challenge intelligence assessments systematically and objectively, a prerequisite to vetted intelligence conclusions
  • Outlines diagnostic techniques to explain events or data sets, anticipate potential outcomes, predict future trends, and make decisions for optimal outcomes
  • Details how to conduct research to effectively write, edit, format, and disseminate reports to best effect

An accompany Instructor’s Guide, for use in the classroom, contains the same practical exercises as those found in the student text, as well as facilitator’s guides, practical exercise solutions, discussion points, sample test questions, and answer keys, to include other websites that can provide additional instructional content. Taking Intelligence to the Next Level serves as an essential course textbook for programs in intelligence, terrorism, and Homeland Security in addition to serving a useful reference for practicing professionals.

Ancillaries including PowerPoint lecture slides, as well as the Instructor’s Guide with Test Bank, are available for qualified course adopters.

Table of Contents

1: Analytical Ethics 2: CARVER and Other Criticality and Vulnerability Assessments 3: Target-Focused Analysis 4: Alternatives Analysis 5: Challenging Assumptions 6: Applications of Modeling in Analysis 7: Challenging the Assessment 8: Futures Analysis 9: Threat Finance 10: Open-Source Intelligence 11: Activity-Based Intelligence 12: Trends in Intelligence Analysis

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Patrick McGlynn is a retired Army Intelligence Officer and holds a Masters in Adult Education and Industrial Technology from Georgia Southern University. He has authored multiple authoritative strategic-level intelligence reports addressing terrorism, irregular warfare, WMD, and information operations (IO) during his career. His military career has included assignments with the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), military and civilian contractor tours in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other Middle East locations serving in various senior theatre-level staff intelligence positions. He has developed analytical training courses for Counter-Improvised Explosive Devices (C-IED), Counter Insurgency Operation (COIN), Analytical Tradecraft, Terrorism, Information Operations, Collection Management, and Network Analysis. Since retiring from the military in 2007, Mr. McGlynn has authored numerous technical papers and articles for law enforcement and various intelligence professional periodicals, as well as co-authoring the textbook Intelligence Analysis Fundamentals (CRC Press).