ASSOCIATION FOR INTELLIGENCE EDUCATION
INTELLIGENCE ANALYST INITIAL TRAINING
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The below standards are not intended as a
‘must include’ list, but rather could be chosen from by agencies or providers
to fit the needs of intended audiences.
Agency or provider-specific materials might also be added, tailored to
audience needs. Terminology is not
universal and would be changed as appropriate to the region of the world. It would be anticipated that, as these
standards frame an initial intelligence analyst training course, practical
exercises would be added to the standards as appropriate.
Introduction to Intelligence
Cycle: Discuss the intelligence cycle or
process and how its components interrelate.
Community Overview: Describe the
intelligence community in which the agency operates and the roles of each
C. Intelligence Classification: Apply the appropriate system of
classification and markings to several documents.
Thinking Defined: Explain what critical
thinking is and why it is important to intelligence analysis and the problem
Elements of Thought: Apply Paul and
Elder (or other recognized critical thinking) model using the Eight Elements of
Thought (or related structure) to critically evaluate a written assessment.
Standards: Describe the Paul & Elder
intellectual standards (or other set of intellectual standards) and how they
apply to intelligence analysis.
III. Analytic Writing
Note: references to standards can be substituted
for applicable standards in the audience’s jurisdiction.
Overview: Identify traits of effective
Standards: Relate analytic tradecraft
standards to clear writing.
Standards: Practice writing in
compliance with sourcing standards.
for Release: Demonstrate writing for
Exercises: Review and practice critical
thinking skills in writing appropriate intelligence documents.
IV. Creative Thinking
Brainstorming: Expand their view of possible alternatives.
Rethinking: Challenge their assumptions and cognitive
Thinking: Provide alternative thinking
Teaming: Think from the opponent’s point
Provide policymakers options by presenting objective/defensible analysis
and help them critically assess intelligence/information.
Fundamentals: Describe the fundamentals
Formulation: Formulate a briefing based
on those fundamentals.
Exercise: Provide a short briefing on an intelligence
topic – present analytic results orally effectively.
VI. Structured Analytic
Data Exploitation/Collation: Understand need to organize data effectively
to analyze it properly.
Issue/Problem Development Techniques:
Issue Restatement: Understand how to paraphrase an issue for
more effective problem solving.
Evidence Evaluation: Explain when and how to weigh evidence and
demonstrate proficiency in doing so.
Check: Describe the nature of
assumptions, their impact on decision-making and why we need to identify and
explicitly state them.
and Deception Check: Describe the
elements of denial and deception and their impact on analysis.
1. Link Analysis: Describe the nature of associations and how
analyzing these can provide evidence or leads in conspiratorial operations.
2. Pattern Analysis: Understand the types of patterns that may
occur and why or how these patterns may assist in developing indicators and
3. Timeline Analysis: Demonstrate the utility of timelines as a
4. Commodity Flow Analysis: Demonstrate the efficacy of following
movements of things in relation to covert activities.
Discuss how unlikely events which would have a major impact should be
of Competing Hypotheses: Have an
understanding of the ability to use Analysis of Competing Hypotheses as an
A – Team B: Explain how using teams of
analysts to argue opposing viewpoints on an issue can be effective in viewing
Advocacy: Describe how Devil’s Advocacy
can be used to uncover analytic alternatives.
A. Collector/Analyst Integration: Explain role of collectors; how to identify
gaps in evidence and work with collector to close gaps.
B. Analytic Databases: Describe available analytic databases and how
they can be used.
C. Analytic Software: Describe available
analytic software and demonstrate how it can be used.
D. Ethics within Intelligence: Examine the
necessity of ethical behavior within the intelligence profession.
E. Analytic Outreach and Resources: Describe varied ways in which analytic
outreach can be affected, including resources available in open source.
F. Customer Engagement: Understand the importance of knowing your
customer and ascertaining his/her needs.
G. Analytic Pitfalls: Describe examples of historic pitfalls in
analytic thinking and suggest methods to avoid these.
Exercise and test analytic tradecraft skills
in a simulated real-world environment
Exercise and test presentation skills in a
simulated real-world environment.