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Assessing the Tradecraft of Intelligence Analysis (Technical by Gregory F. Treverton

By Gregory F. Treverton

This document assesses intelligence research around the major U.S. intelligence organizations and makes a couple of concepts, a few of which parallel projects that experience began 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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The success of these bridging efforts has, to date, been mixed. For example, complaints from DARPA project managers sometimes are the obverse of those from the analysts: that the CIA sends researchers over to help form requirements but then the CIA folks disappear or participate only sporadically. However, there have been successful multiagency development programs. 15 It was so successful it was commercialized under the auspices of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), having started out in the shadows of the Department of Defense and the CIA.

In deciding on pay, the pay pool manager is not the employee’s supervisor but reviews input from the employee’s supervisor in making pay decisions. This is to be done annually. ” Their world is fast-paced and dynamic. ” when reviewed by the pay pool manager a year later. For promotion, the decisionmakers are the promotion panels who also review inputs from the supervisor. Promotions are based on sustained performance and demonstration of skills at, or exceeding, the next career level. Because of the broad occupational bands, promotions will not occur as often in an employee’s career in the future as in the past.

Learning the detailed intelligence-related skills is hard enough; producing world-class analysts with adequate breadth and depth is more demanding still. 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).

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