Volume 65, No. 1 (March 2021)

Lessons from SABLE SPEAR: The Application of an Artificial Intelligence Methodology in the Business of Intelligence

By Craig A. Dudley

Project SABLE SPEAR, was a multiyear exploration into the opportunities and challenges of applying artificial intelligence (AI) fully into the intelligence process. The experiment provided insights into this new methodological approach to intelligence analysis. Standing in stark contrast to the intelligence methods that define current Intelligence Community (IC) analytic tradecraft, AI abstracts value in data and algorithms and centers original insights and the power of timely discovery in the open-source domain. This article explores the award-winning SABLE SPEAR journey and  illuminates insights that will help to define how AI is applied within the IC and what will have to change in IC work if AI is employed.