By Gregory F. Treverton

This record assesses intelligence research around the major U.S. intelligence organizations and makes a couple of suggestions, a few of which parallel projects that experience all started within the wake of the December 2004 laws, for example, create a Deputy Director of nationwide Intelligence as a focus for research, identify a countrywide Intelligence college, construct an extended time period research Unit on the nationwide Intelligence Council, and shape an Open resource heart for making extra inventive use of open-source fabrics.

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Although analysts and their managers work in the current glare of public concern over their craft, they have specific concerns about that craft as well. Drawn from more than several dozen discussions and interviews with working analysts and managers, the issues raised below represent those of most concern. And although we conducted too few interviews overall with too many agencies for responses to be statistically significant, they illustrate the concerns raised by a wide range of people involved in analysis across the National Foreign Intelligence Program.

The analytic community faces a clutch of human capital issues, from the immediate effect of compensation reform, to how to develop and train analytic tradecraft, to how to nurture a new and different cohort of analysts. There are now several focal points among specific organizations for analytic tradecraft, notably the CIA University’s Kent Center but also NSA’s National Cryptologic School (NCS), and the Joint Military Intelligence College (JMIC), as well as training programs within the Service Centers such as the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) and the National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC).

Examining the Interviews in More Detail Our interviewees had very different views about the state of their craft. Some analytic agencies report that “all is well” but do so in several variants. ” Variant 3 is that other analytic agencies indicate that all is not well, in the respondent’s own agency or elsewhere. How do analysts feel about their trade? The most frequent lament among all-source analysts relates to data-sharing and data ownership. However, another common concern is the one mentioned above: The Intelligence Community used to do analysis but mostly now does reporting.

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