Level 2 Intelligence Analyst Certification
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- Demonstrate critical thinking skills to reduce bias and other mental errors
- Overcome negative thinking that can thwart objective analysis
- Understand the need to structure analysis
- Identify major factors and characterize the underlying causal and affected factors
- Select and apply specific analytic techniques to produce explanative intelligence to identify "why" events happen
- Students will need to have a foundation in critical thinking, be familiar with problem restatement techniques, conduct independent research, gather and evaluate evidence, and reevaluate previous conclusions.
- Successfully completing Level 1 Intelligence Analyst Certification is a prerequisite for this course.
The views expressed in this course are the instructor's alone and do not reflect the official position of the U.S. Government, the Intelligence Community, or the Department of Defense.
This course builds on the Level 1 Intelligence Analyst Certification course for descriptive analysis. One cannot explain why events occurred, if one does not first know what events occurred. Explanative intelligence interprets current events. It seeks to explain an adversary’s behavior, answer the question “why,” and establish causal relationships. Thus, students in this course should hold a Level 1 certification and be experienced descriptive intelligence analysts. Likewise, as the graduates of the Level 2 course gain experience and expertise they become ready for the Level 3 course and are ready to produce predictive intelligence analysis.
- This course is designed for the mid-level intelligence analyst who has experience providing basic, logically sound, descriptive intelligence and wants to begin producing explanative analysis.
- This course is not for the beginner.
I’ll review key critical thinking skills from the Level 1 Intelligence Analyst Certification course, remind students of the common biases and mental errors we're prone to make during the analytic process, and discuss how to mitigate them.
Negativity can often thwart our attempt to perform objective analysis. In this lesson I'll explain the six steps of a rigorous technique to compensate for negative thinking.
This structuring technique will make our unconscious, instinctive mental ranking a conscious and deliberate process to help us identify and separate major factors from factors of less relevance to our analysis.
In this lesson I'll discuss some of the analytic techniques taught in the Level 1 Intelligence Analyst Certification course, describe how they can be used to conduct explanative intelligence analysis, and then prepare the students for the final exam.