A survey of intelligence analysts’ strategies for solving analytic tasks

Dhami, Mandeep K. and Careless, Kathryn (2019) A survey of intelligence analysts’ strategies for solving analytic tasks. Military Psychology, 31 (2). pp. 117-127. ISSN 0899-5605

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Abstract

Analytic performance may be assessed by the nature of the process applied to intelligence tasks and analysts are expected to use a 'critical' or deliberative mindset. However, there is little research on how analysts do their work. We report the findings of a quantitative survey of 113 intelligence analysts who were asked to report how often they would apply strategies involving more or less critical thinking when performing representative tasks along the analytic workflow. Analysts reported using ‘deliberative’ strategies significantly more often than ‘intuitive’ ones when capturing customer requirements, processing data, and communicating conclusions. Years of experience working in the intelligence community, skill level, analytic thinking training, and time spent working collaboratively (opposed to individually) were largely unrelated to reported strategy use. We discuss the implications of these findings for both improving intelligence analysis and developing an evidence-based approach to policy and practice in this domain.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
Item ID: 26346
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Military Psychology on 6 February 2019, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/08995605.2018.1561105.
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Depositing User: Mandeep Dhami
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2019 07:55
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2019 20:52
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/26346

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