Handbook of Scientific Methods of Inquiry for Intelligence Analysis

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With the exponential growth in the intelligence field over the last few years, not only has the profession grown much larger but its mission has become more complex. Government and private-sector security agencies have recruited intelligence analysts to process a voluminous amount of raw information flowing into data-collection systems. Since there is an unmet need for analysts able to process these data, a growing number of colleges and universities offer intelligence training so candidates for analyst positions can begin work without protracted on-the-job instruction.

Handbook of Scientific Methods of Inquiry for Intelligence Analysis offers students a means to gain the analytic skills essential for undertaking intelligence work. It also describes how intelligence fits into the larger research framework, covers the essentials of applied research, and explains 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 and how they obtain data via covert methods. Readers will be left with little doubt about what intelligence is and how it is developed using scientific methods of inquiry.

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Meet the Author

Hank Prunckun is adjunct associate professor of criminal intelligence at the Australian Graduate School of Policing, Charles Sturt University, Sydney. He is the author of Shadow of Death: An Analytic Bibliography on Political Violence, Terrorism, and Low-Intensity Conflict (Scarecrow, 1995) and Special Access Required: A Practitioner's Guide to Law Enforcement Intelligence Literature (Scarecrow, 1990).
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Table of Contents

Editor's Foreword ix

Preface xi

1 The Fundamentals of Intelligence 1

2 The Intelligence Research Process 20

3 Scientific Methods in Intelligence Research 43

4 Approaches to Intelligence Research 54

5 Unobtrusive Data Collection 61

6 Covert Sources of Information 72

7 Data Collation Techniques 97

8 Basic Statistical Analyses 107

9 Presenting Statistical Results 128

10 Advanced Analytic Techniques 135

11 Analytic Techniques for Counterterrorism 162

12 Presenting Spatial Data 182

13 The Intelligence Research Report 187

14 Ethical Considerations in Intelligence Research 207

15 Document and Personnel Security 218

Appendix 231

About the Author 233

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