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March 22, 2011 0309176980 978-0309176989 1
The U.S. intelligence community (IC) is a complex human enterprise whose success depends on how well the people in it perform their work. Although often aided by sophisticated technologies, these people ultimately rely on their own intellect to identify, synthesize, and communicate the information on which the nation's security depends. The IC's success depends on having trained, motivated, and thoughtful people working within organizations able to understand, value, and coordinate their capabilities.

Intelligence Analysis provides up-to-date scientific guidance for the intelligence community (IC) so that it might improve individual and group judgments, communication between analysts, and analytic processes. The papers in this volume provide the detailed evidentiary base for the National Research Council's report, Intelligence Analysis for Tomorrow: Advances from the Behavioral and Social Sciences. The opening chapter focuses on the structure, missions, operations, and characteristics of the IC while the following 12 papers provide in-depth reviews of key topics in three areas: analytic methods, analysts, and organizations.

Informed by the IC's unique missions and constraints, each paper documents the latest advancements of the relevant science and is a stand-alone resource for the IC's leadership and workforce. The collection allows readers to focus on one area of interest (analytic methods, analysts, or organizations) or even one particular aspect of a category. As a collection, the volume provides a broad perspective of the issues involved in making difficult decisions, which is at the heart of intelligence analysis.


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  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: National Academies Press; 1 edition (March 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0309176980
  • ISBN-13: 978-0309176989
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,433,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First off, this book is not being offered by Amazon but rather by third party sellers seeking to leverage public ignorance. The book is available for $70 instead of $130 at National Academies Press, where it is also available for free by the chapter--every chapter--which gladens my heart. That is how it should be, and earns the book a fifth star despite the rather narrow view offered by the insider/academic authors in the aggregate, all focusing on the psychology of intelligence analysis

Any US book on intelligence analysis that fails to include work from Jack Davis, Carmen Medina, Michael Andregg, and Andy Shepard is immediately suspect. Since Look Inside the Book is not available, below I reproduce the chapters and authors, with a very strong recommendation that the book be examined at National Academies Press and bought there or here--for those who have Amazon accounts, the extra cost is probably negligible, but needs to be pointed out.

Part I: Introduction
1 Analysis in the U.S.Intelligence Community: Missions, Masters, and Methods--Thomas Fingar
Part II: Analytic Methods
2 Operations Research and Intelligence Analysis--Edward H. Kaplan
3 Applications of Game Theory in Support of Intelligence Analysis--Bruce Bueno de Mesquita
4 Use of Signal Detection Theory as a Tool for Enhancing Performance and Evaluating Tradecraft in Intelligence Analysis--Gary H. McClelland
5 Qualitative Analysis for the Intelligence Community--Kiron K. Skinner
Part III: Analysts
6 Individual Reasoning--Barbara A. Spellman
7 Intuitive Theories of Behavior--Hal R. Arkes and James Kajdasz
8 Group Processes in Intelligence Analysis--Reid Hastie
9 Social Categorization and Intergroup Dynamics--Catherine H.
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