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Critical thinking for strategic intelligence

Author: Randolph H Pherson; Katherine Hibbs Pherson
Publisher: Thousand Oaks, California : CQ Press ; London : Sage. copyright 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Second EditionView all editions and formats

Provides a basic introduction to the critical thinking skills employed within the intelligence community.


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Randolph H Pherson; Katherine Hibbs Pherson
ISBN: 9781506316888 1506316883
OCLC Number: 1081078084
Description: 1 volume (XXVII-376 pages) : illustrations, cartes. ; 23 cm.
Contents: List of Tables, Figures, and BoxesForewordPrefaceAbout the AuthorsIntroduction to the Second EditionIntroductionPart I. How Do I Get Started?1. Who Are Your Clients?2. What Are the Key Questions?3. What Is the Broader Context for the Analysis?4. How Should I Conceptualize My Product?5. What Is My Analytic Approach?6. Can Collaboration Contribute to a Better Answer?Part II. Where Is the Information I Need?7. How Do Models Help My Analysis?8. What Types of Information Are Available?9. Can I Trust the Sources?10. How Should I Assess the Reliability of Internet Information?Part III. What Is My Argument?11. Are My Key Assumptions Well-Founded?12. Can I Make My Case?13. Did I Consider Alternative Hypotheses?14. How Do I Deal With Politicization?15. How Might I Be Spectacularly Wrong?Part IV. How Do I Convey My Message Effectively?16. Is My Argument Persuasive?17. How Should I Portray Probability, Levels of Confidence, and Quantitative Data?18. How Can Graphics Support My Analysis?19. How Do I Present My Message in the Most Compelling Way?20. How Do I Know When I Am Finished?Part V. Case StudiesI. Countering the Iranian Nuclear Threat: Stuxnet and Its Broader ImplicationsII. Puzzling Food Poisonings in GermanyIII. The End of the Era of Aircraft CarriersIV. Financial Crises in the United States: Chronic or Avoidable?V. Yemen: An Expanding Security Threat?Glossary of TermsList of NamesRecommended ReadingsUS Government PublicationsIndexThe Analyst's Roadmap (Inside Back Cover)
Responsibility: Katherine Hibbs Pherson, Randolph H. Pherson.


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