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Scientific Methods of Inquiry for Intelligence Analysis

Since 9/11, the needs of intelligence agencies as well as the missions they conduct have increased in number, size, and complexity. This expanded and updated edition offers a way of gaining the analytic skills essential to undertake intelligence work. It acquaints students and analysts with how intelligence fits into the larger research framework, covering not only the essentials of applied research, but also 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 obtain data via covert methods.
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Table of Contents

Editor's Foreword Preface 1 Intelligence Theory 2 Intelligence Organizational Structures 3The Intelligence Research Process 4The Scientific Method of Inquiry 5 Intelligence Research Methodologies 6 Idea Generation and Conceptualization 7 Unobtrusive Data Collection 8 Open Sources of Information 9 Clandestine and Covert Sources of Information 10 Content Analysis of Qualitative Data 11 Qualitative Analytics 12 Target Profiles 13 Tactical Assessments 14 Vehicle Route Analysis 15 Geographic Analysis 16 Quantitative Analytics 17 Displaying Information in Figures and Tables 18 Threat, Vulnerability and Risk Assessments 19 Strategic Intelligence Assessments 20 Decision Support Analysis 21 Basics of Defensive Counterintelligence 22 Ethics in Intelligence Research Appendix-Critical Values of Chi-Square Distribution Index About the Author

About the Author

Hank Prunckun is associate professor of intelligence analysis at the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security, Charles Sturt University, Sydney.


This excellent book is an update of a 2010 book by the same author, Hand-book of Scientific Methods of Inquiry for Intelligence Analysis. In structure, it is a very teacher- and student-friendly textbook...It is one of the most complete, readable, and thought-provoking books on intelligence that I've had the pleasure of reading...As some of you who read my reviews in the past know, I often judge a book by how many pages I dog-ear while I'm reading it. Trust me, this is very well dog eared...Among the most interesting discussions for any analyst are the chapters on qualitative analysis, where the author walks the user through, very carefully, how to utilize various forms of analysis and to present those results to the end-user. Frankly the book is worth it simply for that chapter. To that I would add the chapter 'Threat, Vulnerability and Risk Assessments' is a real gem. It shows where intelligence must interface with other forms of analysis and planning. Having taught courses in competitive intelligence, I would not hesitate to utilize this as a primary text for my students. For my colleagues who teach governmental, military, and law enforcement intelligence, I think that a brief review of this book will bring you to the same conclusion. International Association for Intelligence Education

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