Title: A Tradecraft Primer
Author: Center for the Study of Intelligence (U.S.)
Center for the Study of Intelligence (U.S.) (2009?). A Tradecraft Primer: Structured Analytic Techniques for Improving Intelligence Analysis. Washington, DC: U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, Center for the Study of Intelligence
Date Posted: November 23, 2016
This primer highlights structured analytic techniques—some widely used in the private sector and academia, some unique to the intelligence profession. It is not a comprehensive overview of how intelligence officers conduct analysis. Rather, the primer highlights how structured analytic techniques can help one challenge judgments, identify mental mindsets, stimulate creativity, and manage uncertainty. In short, incorporating regular use of techniques such as these can enable one to structure thinking for wrestling with difficult questions.