By Ph.D. Rob Johnston
Identifies and describes stipulations and variables that negatively have an effect on intelligence research. Investigates analytic tradition, technique, errors, and failure in the Intelligence neighborhood. makes use of an utilized anthropological method that incorporates interviews, direct and player remark, and concentration teams. includes a bibliography.
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A slight majority of the managers interviewed said time constraints had negative effects on the work environment, work processes, and the morale of their staff. A majority of them also put analytic time constraints in a larger context of policy making. They indicated that the decision-cycle of policymakers was 24 hours a day and that their responsibility was to support that decision cycle with current intelligence. In discussing their perceptions of consumer demand, the managers’ views of the nature of those demands were mixed.
Often, policymakers perceive a change in judgment as though the original opinion was wrong, and, although unstated, there are significant internal and external social pressures and consequences associated with being perceived as incorrect. An analyst can change an opinion based on new information or by revisiting old information with a new hypothesis; in so doing, however, he or she perceives a loss of trust and respect among those with whom the original judgment was shared. Along with this perceived loss of trust, the analyst senses a loss of social capital, or power, within his or her group.
The heterogeneous descriptions and definitions of intelligence analysis as a professional discipline were consistent findings during this study, indicating that there needs to be a clear articulation and dissemination of the identity and epistemology of intelligence analysis. A clearly defined professional identity would help to promote group cohesion, establish interagency ties and relationships, and reduce intra- and interagency communication barriers by establishing a professional class throughout the Intelligence Community.
Analytic Culture in the United States Intelligence Community: An Ethnographic Study by Ph.D. Rob Johnston