Intelligence Analysis Demystified


Is strategic intelligence – the comprehensive analysis and assessment of international relations (in political, economic and security terms) – a matter of “craft” and “intuition”? Or is there a cognitive methodology in intelligence analysis, which approximates scientific standards like reliability and validity? 61 years ago, the American historian and intelligence analyst Sherman Kent wrote a book making the case for the latter. This “old” book deserves the status of mandatory reading for serious journalists, private sector analysts or political scientists.