Improving Intelligence Analysis for Homeland Security and Military Applications
Resources from Intelligence courses at Northeastern University.
These resources are available to participants in the University and Agency Partnership Initiative (UAPI) and requires a login (about the UAPI program).
The course consists of four sections, 1) Our Mental Machinery, involving cognition perception & memory, 2) Tools for thinking, which encompasses strategies for analytical judgment, the need for more information, keeping an open mind, structuring analytical problems, and analysis of competing hypotheses, 3) Cognitive Biases, including biases in evaluation of evidence, perception of cause and effect, estimating probabilities and evaluation of Intelligence Reporting, and lastly 4) Improving Intelligence Analysis for Homeland Security and Military applications. In addition, an overview of structured analytical techniques is reviewed for use in a final analytical project. This course provides a fascinating interdisciplinary viewpoint and approach to both security and intelligence analysis through the use of case studies as well as current research in psychology.
Some associated readings:
- Psychology of Intelligence Analysis
- Assessing the Tradecraft of Intelligence Analysis
- A Tradecraft Primer: Structured Analytic Techniques for Improving Intelligence Analysis
Craig W. Gruber, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor
Director, Master of Arts in Homeland Security & Criminal Justice
College of Professional Studies