With the exponential growth in the intelligence field over the last few years, not only has the profession grown much larger but its mission has become more complex. Government and private-sector security agencies have recruited intelligence analysts to process a voluminous amount of raw information flowing into data-collection systems. Since there is an unmet need for analysts able to process these data, a growing number of colleges and universities offer intelligence training so candidates for analyst positions can begin work without protracted on-the-job instruction.
Handbook of Scientific Methods of Inquiry for Intelligence Analysis offers students a means to gain the analytic skills essential for undertaking intelligence work. It also describes how intelligence fits into the larger research framework, covers the essentials of applied research, and explains the function, structure, and operational methods specifically involved in intelligence work. It looks at how analysts work with classified information in a security-conscious environment and how they obtain data via covert methods. Readers will be left with little doubt about what intelligence is and how it is developed using scientific methods of inquiry.