Strategic Intelligence Analysis Course

Course Duration: 2 months
Outcomes

  • Justify the importance of structured approaches to analytic thinking
  • Apply a range of critical and creative thinking skills
  • Develop causal narratives using descriptive analytic techniques
  •  Anticipate future outcomes using predictive analytic techniques
  • Identify and explore cause-and-effect relationships
  • Generate and evaluate multiple hypotheses using the ACH methodology
  • Identify and articulate viable policy prescriptions or problem solutions
  • Engage in multiple forms of challenge analysis, including Red Teaming and
    Devil’s Advocacy
  • Understand the risks posed by bias and other cognitive pathologies
  • Formulate reports, assessments and estimates
  • Strategic overview of political and security analysis
  • How to conduct an intelligence presentation
  • Development of intelligence requirements

Aspects Covered

  • Introduction to Intelligence Analysis
  • Analytic Thinking and Reasoning Skills
  • Critical, creative and conceptual thinking
  • Sense making and calibration
  • Problem identification and solving
  • Identifying trends, patterns and relationships
  • Typology of cognitive pathologies
  • Ideation Skills
  • Brainstorming techniques
  • Idea enhancement techniques
  • Mind mapping &Concept mapping
  • Descriptive Analytical techniques
  • Causal mapping
  • Causal factor chains & Causal loop diagrams
  • Actor / factor analysis
  • Working with time-lines, Link and association charting
  • Predictive Analytical techniques
  • Hypothesis generation
  • Trend / impact analysis
  • What if analysis
  • Impact / probability analysis
  • Futures wheel
  • Consequence trees
  • Multiple hypothesis generation
  • Analysis of Competing Hypotheses
  • Developing indicators and watch lists
  • Prescriptive Analytic Techniques
  • If / then analysis
  • Opportunity analysis
  • Developing roadmaps and solution pathways
  • Feasibility analysis
  • Course of action analysis
  • Critical path analysis
  • Cost-benefit analysis
  • Challenge Analysis Techniques
  • Structured self-critique
  • Pre-Mortem analysis
  • Red teaming
  • Team A / Team B method
  • Devils advocacy