Intelligence Analysis 101
In This Chapter
Gauging your abilities as an analyst
Extracting only the most vital information
Converting intelligence into a game plan
Running intel through OODA loops
Rating your intel and transforming it into briefing documents
You’ve collected a mountain of information. Now what? Until you make sense of that information, it’s relatively useless. The next step is to analyze it and transform it into actionable intelligence — to develop insights into what that information means, why it’s important, and what your organization needs to do in order to benefit from it.
That’s what this chapter is all about. First, I lead you through an exercise to determine whether you have the innate abilities and requisite training to conduct analysis. (If you don’t, you need to recruit someone who does or develop the skills internally.) I spend the rest of the chapter explaining how to conduct analysis — how to review what you collected and extract the most crucial ...