Sherman Kent’s Rules of Analysis

Bill Lahneman.

It is generally acknowledged that Analysis is the most critical phase in the Intelligence Cycle. This notion is founded in five principle challenges that analysts most overcome; incomplete information, inherent cognitive tendencies, unintelligible analysis, political influence, and criticism to analysis. This module addresses steps analysts can take to minimize the effects of these inherent human tendencies in order to produce analyses that are as accurate as possible. Kent’s Nine Principles for analytical doctrine are introduced as the basis for multiple intelligence agencies in the US, as it calls for the removal of bias, clear communication, and consideration for other sources.

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Keywords: Analysis, intelligence agencies, Intelligence Cycle, Kent’s Nine Principles, Sherman Kent

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