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Communicating With Intelligence: Writing and Briefing in the Intelligence and National Security Communities
     

Communicating With Intelligence: Writing and Briefing in the Intelligence and National Security Communities

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by James S. Major
 

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ISBN-10: 0810861194

ISBN-13: 9780810861190

Pub. Date: 03/27/2008

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Since September 11, 2001, colleges and universities nationwide have expanded their curricula to include intelligence and national security studies, many offering degrees in the subjects. Curiously, no book exists for classroom use in teaching the important skills needed by these professionals to ensure their products/papers/reports are properly written or briefed.

Overview

Since September 11, 2001, colleges and universities nationwide have expanded their curricula to include intelligence and national security studies, many offering degrees in the subjects. Curiously, no book exists for classroom use in teaching the important skills needed by these professionals to ensure their products/papers/reports are properly written or briefed. Communicating with Intelligence fills that gap and is aimed primarily at faculty and students pursuing studies in intelligence, national security, homeland security, or homeland defense; but it also has considerable value for working intelligence professionals who simply wish to hone their "rusty" writing or briefing skills. Designed to provide essential information regarding the preparation of written products or intelligence briefings, the book is divided into two parts. Part One, "Writing with Intelligence," contains material on reading intelligence publications and on the basics of writing in the intelligence profession. Part Two, "Briefing with Intelligence," deals with the fundamental principles of an intelligence briefing and includes information on gaining—or regaining—self-confidence behind the podium. Every chapter ends with exercises, many of which can be completed in the classroom to facilitate group activity or by an individual pursuing the study independently. Five appendixes provide additional information for quick reference and an annotated bibliography points toward further sources that can be used.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810861190
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
03/27/2008
Series:
Security and Professional Intelligence Education Series , #1
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
444
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword   Herbert E. Meyer     xiii
Preface     xvii
Acknowledgments     xxi
Introduction   Dr. Jan Goldman     xxiii
Writing with Intelligence     1
Reading Intelligence Publications     3
Summary     3
Read to Write     4
Who Needs It-and Why?     5
The Forms: Basic, Current, and Estimative     5
Content: Looking at the Format     8
Evaluating Finished Intelligence     11
Other Considerations     18
Reading for the Sake of Writing     19
Exercises in Reading Intelligence     20
Answers to the Exercises in Chapter 1     25
Basic Tools of Writing with Intelligence     29
Summary     29
Why Write?     30
Clarity     31
Conciseness     38
Correctness     45
Other Considerations of Correctness: Modifiers and Punctuation     53
Exercises in the Basic Tools of Intelligence Writing     70
Answers to the Exercises in Chapter 2     77
Other Important Considerations: Appropriateness, Completeness, and Coherence     87
Summary     87
Appropriateness     87
Completeness     88
Coherence     90
Using the Basic Tools     95
Some Final Thoughts about the Basics     96
Exercises in Appropriateness, Completeness, and Coherence     96
Answers to the Exercises in Chapter 3     103
Prewriting: Getting Ready to Write     113
Summary     113
Finding Your Subject     114
Focusing on Form and Format     115
Finding the Time and Space     116
Finding the Right Reference Materials     117
Some Prewriting Tools: Building a Foundation     119
Prewriting: Maps and Trees     131
Searching, Researching     132
Exercises in Prewriting     133
Answers to the Exercises in Chapter 4     139
Writing the First Draft     141
Summary     141
Getting Started: Good Writing Habits     142
Reader Considerations: Some Basic Truths     143
Reading: A Basic Complement to Writing     144
The Style of Intelligence Writing: Bottom Line Up Front     145
Drafting     149
Organizing the First Draft     153
Writing That First Draft      157
The Bottom Line: Focus     162
Remaining Objective     165
Evaluating Sources     166
Evaluating Arguments     167
Final Dressing: Titles and Headings     170
One Final Note     174
Exercises in Writing the First Draft     175
Answers to the Exercises in Chapter 5     182
Revision: Polishing Your Writing     189
Summary     189
Basic Revision Techniques     190
Ending on a Positive Note     196
Peer Review: A Means toward Revision     198
Review of Content     201
Thesis and Overview Statements     203
Paragraphing to Group Related Ideas and Details     204
Cohesive Devices     208
Transitions     210
What about Grammar-Checkers?     214
Readability Indexes     215
Commonly Asked Questions about Revision     216
For Examining Your Own Writing Process     217
Exercises in Revision     217
Answers to the Exercises in Chapter 6     225
Writing and Reviewing Analytical Papers     237
Summary     237
The Types of Intelligence Writing      238
What Is an Analytical Paper?     239
A Model Process for Reviewing an Analytical Paper     242
Constraints on Review     247
Styles of Review     250
Review Guidelines: 14 Points for Better Analytical Writing     251
A "Four Sweeps" Strategy for Reviewing Papers     252
Exercises in Writing and Reviewing Analytical Papers     258
Answers to the Exercises in Chapter 7     265
Supplemental Exercises     271
Writing a Thesis Statement     271
Writing a Paragraph     272
Writing a Summary     274
Getting the Bottom Line Up Front     276
Types of Intelligence Writing-Descriptive, Explanatory, and Estimative     278
Avoiding Passive Voice and Wordiness     280
Reviewing Writing-Your Own and Others'     282
Peer Review of Student Writing     286
Answers to the Exercises in Chapter 8     292
Briefing with Intelligence     299
Why Brief?     301
Summary     301
Getting the Word Out     301
The Learning Process     302
Types of Briefings     303
"All of the Above" or "None of the Above"?     305
The ABCs of a Good Intelligence Briefing     307
Summary     307
Easy as ABC     307
The ABCs of a Good Intelligence Briefer     313
Summary     313
The Other Half: The Briefer     313
Summing Up, from A to C     321
Getting Organized to Brief     323
Summary     323
Finding Your Subject and the Time     324
Plan Ahead     325
Writing the Briefing     331
Summary     331
Writing the Briefing Script     331
Free Sample Briefing Introduction     334
Putting the Words and Pictures Together     340
Summing Up     342
Fine-Tuning Your Briefing: Voice, Notes, and Visuals     343
Summary     343
Use of Voice     343
Use of Notes     348
Use of Visual Aids     351
The Best Tip of All     356
Doing It!     357
Summary     357
Getting Up to Brief     357
Rehearse First     358
The Big Day at Last     360
A Usage Glossary for Intelligence Writers     361
Intelligence Briefing Checklist     387
A "Free Sample" Briefing Introduction     393
A Sample Briefing Conclusion     395
Briefing Evaluation Form     397
Annotated Bibliography     401
Dictionaries and Thesauruses     401
Books on Writing Style, Grammar, Composition, and Research     402
Briefing-Related Sources     405
Other Sources Used or Consulted for This Book     407
Index     411
Writing with Intelligence     411
Briefing with Intelligence     417
About the Author     419

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