Strategic Intelligence Production

Title:                      Strategic Intelligence Production

Author:                 Brig. Gen. Washington Platt

Platt, Washington (1957). Strategic Intelligence Production: Basic Principles. New York, F. A. Praeger

LCCN:    57007073

JF1525.I6 P6


Date Updated:  August 25, 2015

This is a review by the Defense Intelligence School.[1]

An experienced Army and CIA intelligence officer discusses the basic principles of strategic intelligence production. Platt describes working level performance from the perspective of the analyst. The author enumerates nine principles which may be useful guides for the intelligence officer/analyst. Difficult reading at times, but of value because of the few books on the subject.

Reviewed by Paul W. Blackstock and Frank L. Schaf[2]

A retired brigadier general of the U.S. Army Reserve, experienced in two wars in the field of combat intelligence, provides a definitive analysis of the job of an intelligence officer. He distinguishes between traditional combat intelligence and the newer (at that time) strategic intelligence. He explains the basic principles and doctrine of intelligence production and examines the application of the social sciences and related fields to intelligence production. Platt suggests that business management specialists may also find applications for some of the concepts developed by the strategic intelligence analyst. This has been the case and users of modern systems analysis have borrowed some of the concepts developed in intelligence.

[1] Defense Intelligence School (1981). Bibliography of Intelligence Literature: A Critical And Annotated Bibliography of Open-Source Literature (7th ed, rev.). Washington, DC: Defense Intelligence School, p. 52

[2] Blackstock, Paul W. (1978) and Frank L. Schaf, Jr. Intelligence, Espionage, Counterespionage, And Covert Operations: A Guide to Information Sources. Detroit: Gale Research Co., p. 16


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