Critical Thinking for Strategic Analysis is organized around twenty key questions that all analysts should ask as they prepare to conduct research, draft papers, and present their analysis. We divided the twenty questions into four groups, focusing on the four stages of generating an analytic product: 1. How do I get started?
2. Where is the information I need?
3. What is my argument?
4. How do I convey my message most effectively?
We have long contended that the best way to learn is by doing. In writing this book, we choose to practice what we preach by including a set of case studies that the reader can use to reinforce understanding of the key points in the book. The case studies focus on a wide range of topics, covering political, economic, military, cyber, and health-related issues. At the end of each chapter, we provide a set of questions instructors and students can use to test whether the key teaching points have been absorbed. Throughout the book, feature boxes will alert you to the need to stop and reflect, and identify what structured analytic techniques best support the activities discussed in that chapter. We also include some of our favorite quotations and a robust set of graphics and text boxes to illustrate key points. The back cover of the book includes a foldout graphic, the Analyst's Roadmap, that captures on one page key points made in the book.
The answers to the questions found at the end of each chapter are contained in a set of instructor materials that are free as a downloadable PDF to all instructors as well as government and private sector analysts who purchase the book. The graphics contained are also available to instructors and government and private sector analysts as free, downloadable JPEG and PowerPoint slides. You can register to obtain these instructor materials at college.cqpress.com/sites/intel-resources/.
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We wrote this book for anyone who wants to think smarter, write better, and seeks guidance on how best to achieve these goals. Its organization is drawn from our past experiences as intelligence analysts, managers of analytic products, and instructors. We fervently believe, however, that the book has value to audiences far beyond the Intelligence Community.
Producing good analysis is both an art and a science. Seasoned analysts in the government and the private sector can use this book to perfect the art of writing, refine their conceptual skills, and learn new techniques. A more important audience, in our view, consists of the up-and-coming analysts in colleges and universities--and even teachers in high schools and lower grades. Teachers should be inculcating the basic principles of critical thinking in instruction for students of all ages, both to enrich their daily lives and to enhance their professional opportunities.
We have been waiting for this book since the Intelligence Community decided post- 9/11 to adopt both critical thinking and structured analytic techniques to improve strategic intelligence analysis. Building from the larger literature on critical thinking and intelligence analysis, Pherson & Pherson provide a practical systematic framework for critical thinking, one tailored for the intelligence analyst. Their framework allows the analyst to then select the best structured analysis techniques to include in their projects. This book, along with Structured Analytic Techniques for Intelligence Analysis (Heuer & Pherson, 2011, CQ Press) and Intelligence Analysis: A Target Centric Approach (Clark, 2007, CQ Press), should be on every analyst's bookshelf and should become the gold standard for all Intelligence Analysis courses.
Michael W. Collier, PhD, Associate Professor of Homeland Security, Eastern Kentucky University
"Young adults who are entering my program today will be working analysts in five to ten years. Among the challenges facing them now is how to master the bewildering breadth and depth of analytic methodologies. Finding a text that will assist a second year undergraduate student to plan, research, and produce a professional quality intelligence product has until now been something of a pipedream. With this book, the Phersons have not only met that need; they have surpassed it. Critical Thinking for Strategic Intelligence is destined to become the tattered guidebook my analysts will refer back to time and time again throughout their career. It is the text book I have long been waiting for."
Jeff Corkill, Lecturer Intelligence and Security, School of Computer and Security Science, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia
"In competitive intelligence, when most writers darken pages with fragile advice on how to process data, Katherine and Randolph Pherson enlighten our thinking with a robust pledge to put first things first by focusing from the beginning on applying solid critical thinking skills to the analytic process. After decades of belief that gathering information is the primary requirement for generating good analysis, Critical Thinking for Strategic Intelligence reverses this approach, arguing that this only produces information overload--a problem that can be corrected by applying the critical thinking skills taught in this book."
Pascal M. Frion, President, Acrie Competitive Intelligence Network, Paris, France; Vice President, SureteGlobale
"A classic for education and training in intelligence analysis and production has been born! Critical Thinking for Strategic Intelligence is a practice-oriented book that will become a must-read for educators, trainers, and students of international intelligence analysis programs who think that the best way to learn how to produce good analysis is to do it. It will be an invaluable resource for our students and our programs on Intelligence Analysis."
Rubén Arcos, PhD, Professor at the Chair on Intelligence Services and Democratic Systems, King Juan Carlos University, Madrid, Spain; Professor and Coordinator of the M.A. in Intelligence Analysis
"Critical Thinking for Strategic Intelligence is a must-read for any analyst who has to transform data and information into actionable insights for their organization. As anyone involved in intelligence collection and analysis can attest, the tremendous increase in the volume of information has made the job of an analyst more difficult; this book provides a needed salve for the persistent and growing problem of information overload. For business and competitive intelligence analysts in particular, the advice that the Phersons offer will enable practitioners to create more insightful, user-relevant, and valuable insights in a more time-efficient manner."
Kenneth Sawka, Senior Vice President, Fuld & Company
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Description du livre CQ Press, 2012. Paperback. État : New. N° de réf. du libraire P111452226679