Psychology of Intelligence Analysis

Title:                  Psychology of Intelligence Analysis

Author:                 Richards J. Heuer, Jr.

Heuer, Richards J. (1999, 2006). Psychology of Intelligence Analysis. New York: Novinka Books

LCCN:    2006287615Subjects

BF311 .H469 2006

Subjects

Date Updated:  November 25, 2016

 

Date Updated:  November 25, 2016

Heuer, Richards J. (1999, 2006). Psychology of Intelligence Analysis. New York: Novinka Books

LCCN:    2006287615Subjects

BF311 .H469 2006

Subjects

Date Updated:  November 25, 2016

 

The CIA did intelligence professionals a great service by making the work of Richards J. Heuer, Jr. on the psychology of intelligence analysis available to a new generation of intelligence practitioners and scholars. Dick Heuer’s ideas on how to improve analysis focus on helping analysts compensate for the human mind’s limitations in dealing with complex problems that typically involve ambiguous information, multi-ple players, and fluid circumstances. Such multi-faceted estimative challenges have proliferated in the turbulent post-Cold War world.

Heuer’s message to analysts can be encapsulated by quoting two sentences from Chapter 4 of this book: “Intelligence analysts should be self-conscious about their reasoning processes. They should think about how they make judgments and reach conclusions, not just about the judgments and conclusions themselves.” Heuer’s ideas are applicable to any analytical endeavor.

The introduction to the book focuses on Heuer’s impact—and that of other pioneer thinkers in the intelligence analysis field—at CIA, because that is the institution that Heuer and his predecessors know best, having spent the bulk of their intelligence careers there.

The author of this book is a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO), and this review is published on the Association’s website.

Available on the Internet at www.odci.gov/csi. Can be purchased from Government Printing Office. Examines how the mind typically works, and how it can work better, when making complex judgments based on incomplete and ambiguous information. Written as an aid to training intelligence analysts, the many insights in this book can help analysts in almost any field. FYI, I am told this is the most popular book ever published by the CIA Center for the Study of Intelligence. It has become required reading in many Intelligence Community training courses.

 

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