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A Tradecraft Primer: Structured Analytic Techniques for Improving Intelligence Analysis

By a CIA/Directorate of Intelligence Analyst


THE “MIND-SET” CHALLENGE Using the analytic techniques contained in this primer will assist analysts in dealing with the perennial problems of intelligence: the complexity of international developments, incomplete and ambiguous information, and the inherent limitations of the human mind. Understanding the intentions and capabilities of adversaries and other foreign actors is challenging, especially when either or both are concealed. Moreover, transnational threats today
pose even greater complexity, in that they involve multiple actors—including nonstate entities—that can adapt and transform themselves faster than those who seek to monitor and contain them. Finally, globalization has increased the diversity of outcomes when complex, interactive systems such as  financial flows, regional economies or the international system as a whole are in flux.