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Writing Classified And Unclassified Papers In The Intelligence Community

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Since 9/11, the profession of intelligence has come under increased scrutiny. Written products have been criticized for lack of clarity or for unconvincing arguments. Nations have gone to war based on what was considered the best available intelligence, only to learn later that it had been flawed. A lack of standards for written products across the Intelligence Community has adversely impacted those products and those who depend upon them. Writing Classified and Unclassified Papers for National Security is ...

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Writing Classified and Unclassified Papers for National Security: A Scarecrow Professional Intelligence Education Series Manual

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Overview

Since 9/11, the profession of intelligence has come under increased scrutiny. Written products have been criticized for lack of clarity or for unconvincing arguments. Nations have gone to war based on what was considered the best available intelligence, only to learn later that it had been flawed. A lack of standards for written products across the Intelligence Community has adversely impacted those products and those who depend upon them. Writing Classified and Unclassified Papers for National Security is designed to serve as a style guide for those in the intelligence profession and for those aspiring to that career and pursuing studies in intelligence, national security, homeland security, or homeland defense. It provides essential information and guidelines regarding the preparation of written products to satisfy the intended consumers. This desktop reference is essential for career intelligence professionals and as a reference book for students.

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Writing Classified and Unclassified Papers for National Security does double duty as a Writing Guide and a Usage Guide, and if an intelligence writer only had access to one Usage Guide in this review, this would be the text I would recommend. . . .it exceeds all expectations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810861923
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2008
  • Series: Security and Professional Intelligence Education Series , #4
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 583,084
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

James S. Major spent 40 years in intelligence, serving in both military and civilian capacity, in assignments at the tactical, operational, strategic, and national levels. He has previously written 15 books, all published by the U.S. Government, and in 1997 he was awarded the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement.

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Table of Contents

Editor's foreword Jan Goldman Goldman, Jan

Introduction The need for standards James Major Major, James

Pt. 1 Writing and thinking as an intelligence analysis

1 The basic tools of writing 3

2 Using the basic tools 19

3 What an intelligence analyst does 33

4 Argument in intelligence writing 45

Pt. 2 The usage manual

5 Usage and abusage 69

6 Punctuation 81

7 Capitalization 109

8 Abbreviations 117

9 Compounding and other troublemakers 137

10 A usage glossary for intelligence writers 145

Pt. 3 Citation style and handling classified material

11 Citing your sources 173

12 Electronic citations 203

13 Handling classified material 211

Bibliography 219

Index 223

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