Intelligence Analysis: How to Think in Complex Environments (Praeger Security International)
Author: Wayne Michael Hall
Publication Date: December 2009
Book Type: Hardcover
Pages: 440 pages
Intelligence Analysis: How to Think in Complex EnvironmentS≪/i> fills a void in the existing literature on contemporary warfare by examining the theoretical and conceptual foundations of effective modern intelligence analysis—the type of analysis needed to support military operations in modern, complex operational environments. This volume is an expert guide for rethinking intelligence analysis and understanding the true nature of the operational environment, adversaries, and most importantly, the populace.
Intelligence AnalysiS≪/i> proposes substantive improvements in the way the U.S. national security system interprets intelligence, drawing on the groundbreaking work of theorists ranging from Carl von Clauswitz and Sun Tzu to M. Mitchell Waldrop, General David Petraeus, Richards Heuer, Jr., Orson Scott Card, and others. The new ideas presented here will help the nation to amass a formidable, cumulative intelligence power, with distinct advantages over any and all adversaries of the future regardless of the level of war or type of operational environment.
“This is a brilliant work by the most brilliant intelligence professional the US Army ever produced. Too bad his career terminated at Brigadier General. In this book he continues to contribute to the intellectual improvement of professional thought in a major way. If there has been a failing in the military art in recent years it has been the failure to draw the distinction between what is merely very complicated and that which is complex. In the former the difficulty is establishing, assembling and organizing the facts. And those facts reveal the inner logic of the situation. In the latter the difficulty is establishing what facts belong, and which don’t. And how you choose determines the logic of the situation. This book is about how to choose wisely. I recommend it to all who take the profession of arms seriously.”
Huba Wass de Czege, Brigadier General, US Army, Retired, Founder and Former Director of the US Army School of Advanced Military Studies, Former Military Advisor to Secretary General of NATO, Manfred Werner, and Consultant to the US Army for Future Concepts