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Structured Analytic Techniques For Intelligence Analysis
Richards J. Heuer Jr. and Randolph H. Pherson turn a lifetime of expertise toward formalizing, adapting, and standardizing a set of 50 of the most robust analytic techniques in use in intelligence analysis today. This ready reference showcases current and cutting-edge best practices and represents a significant leap forward in depth, detail, and utility from existing handb ...more
Spiral-bound, 343 pages
Published March 16th 2010 by CQ Press
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Well researched and documented book with over 50 analytic techniques. I like the book, but I think there could be more emphasis on analytic techniques that are being introduced by members of the IC that aren't a 3 letter agency. I will say, this book is a great quick reference when deciding what analytic technique to use for a particular topic.
Explanation and instruction on methods to examine intelligence or any body of information. Multiple exercises to minimize your chance of groupthink, blindness, or assumption. For maximum usage, this is the type of book you need to keep handy, as a reference. One reading will likely not be enough, except to make you aware that multiple methods of structured analysis exist.
A staple of the intelligence analyst and a great guidebook that helps document the critical thinking processes we use to analyze problems. I still keep this nearby when I remember a technique I've used to analyze a problem but don't remember the some of the exact steps document.
This book is written by the CIA for intelligence operatives, but is ideal for getting the up-front Business Analysis (that your Big Data implementation is going to solve) right. It is beautifully structured, succinct and clear. There's a pull-out chart that highlights the main areas and the linkages between them: these areas are decomposition and visualisation of the problem; idea generation; evaluation of scenarios and indicators; hypothesis generation and testing; assessment of cause and effec ...more
Five stars based on the book's organization. It is very easy to read one technique or techiques within a category without having to search. Informative even if you are not an analyst. Great for team or project managers. Also recommend Analysis for Competing Hypotheses by Heuer, which is a great read for analysts / forecasters.
Excellent book, particularly if you think you might have a practical or professional application for it. Even if that's not the case, there is plenty here to help improve one's thinking. It's very straightforward and not overly theoretical or abstract
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Richards "Dick" J. Heuer, Jr. is a former CIA veteran of 45 years and most known for his work on analysis of competing hypotheses and his book, Psychology of Intelligence Analysis.