Kent Center Occasional Papers


The Kent Center, a component of the employee-only Sherman Kent School for Intelligence Analysis at CIA University, strives to promote the theory, doctrine, and practice of intelligence analysis.

One of the Center's primary goals is to build and share a comprehensive body of professional knowledge.

The Kent Center Occasional Papers listed below contribute to the ongoing development of that body of knowledge, offering an opportunity for intelligence professionals and interested colleagues-in an unofficial and unfettered vehicle-to debate and advance the theory and practice of intelligence analysis.

Statements of fact, opinion, or analysis expressed in Occasional Papers are those of the authors. See the disclaimer below for complete caveats regarding the content of the papers.


The Sherman Kent Center for Intelligence Analysis Occasional Papers

Volume 1:

No. 1: Improving CIA Analytic Performance: Strategic Warning [PDF Print Version 31KB*]

No. 2: Improving CIA Analytic Performance: Analysts and the Policymaking Process [PDF Print Version 30KB*]

No. 3: Improving CIA Analytic Performance: DI Analytic Priorities [PDF Print Version 29KB*]

No. 4: When everything is intelligence - nothing is intelligence [PDF Print Version 24KB*]

No. 5: Sherman Kent and the Profession of Intelligence Analysis [PDF Print Version 51KB*]


Volume 2:

No. 1: Strategic Warning: If Surprise is Inevitable, What Role for Analysis? [PDF Print Version 50KB*]

No. 2: Tensions in Analyst-Policymaker Relations: Opinions, Facts, and Evidence [PDF Print Version 48KB*]

No. 3: Sherman Kent's Final Thoughts on Analyst-Policymaker Relations [PDF Print Version 110KB*]


Volume 3:

No. 1: Making Sense of Transnational Threats [PDF Print Version 154KB*]

No. 2: Rethinking “Alternative Analysis” to Address Transnational Threats [PDF Print Version 82KB*]

In addition to the Kent Center Occasional Papers, the Kent School, the Center for the Study of Intelligence, and others have sought to make available electronically almost all Studies in Intelligence articles, including those formerly classified. Toward that end, we have created for use by scholars, students and other interested users an archive of and indexes for Studies in Intelligence articles related to intelligence analysis and operations. These articles are representative of the accumulated wisdom on intelligence spanning the almost 50-year existence of Studies in Intelligence. The Kent Center hopes these articles will stimulate fresh and creative outside discussion and writing on the practice and teaching of intelligence that will help CIA officers and the CIA University advance their professional understanding.



All statements of fact, opinion, or analysis expressed in Occasional Papers are those of the authors. They do not necessarily reflect official positions or views of the Kent School, the Central Intelligence Agency, or any other US Government entity, past or present.

Nothing in the contents should be construed as asserting or implying US Government endorsement of an article's factual statements and interpretations.

These papers have been prepared with the support of Central Intelligence Agency funds and are published with the consent of the authors.

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Posted: Apr 21, 2007 08:42 PM
Last Updated: Feb 12, 2013 11:38 AM