Accession Number : ADA293271

Title :   Intelligence and Analytical Perspective.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI DEPT OF OPERATIONS

Personal Author(s) : Faul, Karen W.

PDF Url : ADA293271

Report Date : 09 NOV 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 23

Abstract : The creation of Intelligence from several pieces of information is an inexact science at best; an art in most cases. The intelligence cycle can be used to examine the various facets of this process, its sequential nature and the effect the product of one portion of the process can have on the validity of the next step. The most critical aspect of this process is the actual creation of military intelligence from separate yet perhaps related pieces of information--the analysis or production step. While the dissemination to and acceptance of the final intelligence product by consumers is fraught with potential difficulties, a mistake in the analysis/production of intelligence may irrevocably alter the outcome and efficacy of the intelligence product. One of the many formidable tasks in the production step is determining the correct perspective with which to analyze information. Failure to view an enemy's actions or potential actions from the enemy's perspective can result in flawed analysis. The incorrect perspective, once introduced into the analysis process, can have grave consequences as illustrated by the case of the Arab-Israeli War of 1973. To try and attain the proper perspective, an analyst must employ objectivity and the perspective of the enemy.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY INTELLIGENCE, *DATA ACQUISITION, *INFORMATION THEORY, WARFARE, INTELLIGENCE, PRODUCTION, ARABS, CYCLES, ENEMY, CONSUMERS, ISRAELIS.

Subject Categories : Military Intelligence
      Cybernetics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE