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Challenges in Intelligence Analysis
Lessons from 1300 BCE to the Present


  • Author: Timothy Walton, Institute for Intelligence Studies, Mercyhurst College, Washington, DC
  • Date Published: August 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521764414

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  • In Challenges in Intelligence Analysis, Timothy Walton offers concrete, reality-based ways to improve intelligence analysis. After a brief introduction to the main concepts of analysis, he provides more than forty historical and contemporary examples that demonstrate what has, and what has not, been effective when grappling with difficult problems. The examples cover a wide span of time, going back 3,000 years. They are also global in scope and deal with a variety of political, military, economic, and social issues. Walton emphasizes the importance of critical and creative thinking and how such thinking can be enhanced. His 2010 book provides a detailed and balanced idea of intelligence work and will be of particular interest to students who are contemplating a career in intelligence analysis.

    • Offers a brief introduction to the concepts, vocabulary, and tools of intelligence analysis
    • Features more than forty examples, each with questions for further discussion and recommended reading
    • Includes an instructor's guide with model answers to the questions for further discussion, as well as suggested exercises and additional background information
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    • Date Published: August 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521764414
    • length: 308 pages
    • dimensions: 242 x 161 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • contains: 8 b/w illus. 15 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Problems and Possible Solutions:
    1. The main challenges for intelligence analysis
    2. Attempts to deal with the challenges
    Part II. From the Ancient World to Modern Times:
    3. Moses sends spies into Canaan
    4. The Athenian campaign in Sicily
    5. Caesar's campaigns in Gaul
    6. Sun Tzu
    7. The Spanish Armada
    8. George Washington
    Part III. The First Half of the Twentieth Century:
    9. Wilson and the Paris Peace Conference
    10. Estimating the strength of the Luftwaffe in the 1930s
    11. Stalin assesses Hitler
    12. Pearl Harbor
    13. Targets for the Allied bombers
    14. The German V weapon
    Part IV. The Cold War:
    15. Atomic bomb spies
    16. The outbreak of the Korean War
    17. Counterinsurgency in Malaya
    18. Soviet strategic weapons
    19. The Cuban Missile Crisis
    20. Aspects of the Vietnam War
    21. The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan
    22. Finding spies: Ames and Hanssen
    23. Breakup of the USSR
    Part V. Other International Security Issues, Other Places:
    24. The Yom Kippur War
    25. Fall of the Shah
    26. Nuclear weapons tests
    27. A. Q. Khan
    28. Iraqi weapons of mass destruction
    29. Violence in Iraq
    Part VI. Domestic Law Enforcement:
    30. The Lindbergh kidnapping
    31. Breaking the mafia
    32. Airline tragedies: Pan Am Flight 103 and TWA Flight 800
    33. Aum Shinrikyo
    34. Colombian drug cartels
    35. Wen Ho Lee
    36. 9/11
    37. Anthrax attacks
    38. DC snipers
    Part VII. Medicine and Business:
    39. SARS
    40. New Coke
    41. Japan in the US car market
    Appendix A: further recommended reading.

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    Timothy Walton, Institute for Intelligence Studies, Mercyhurst College, Washington, DC
    Timothy Walton is an adjunct professor of intelligence studies at Mercyhurst College and on the roster of subject matter experts at Omnis Inc., an intelligence training consulting firm. The author of The Spanish Treasure Fleets, he served in the U.S. Navy and spent twenty-four years as an analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency.

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