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Strategic Intelligence: A Handbook for Practitioners, Managers, and Users (Security and Professional Intelligence Education Series) [Kindle Edition]

Don McDowell

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The revised edition of Strategic Intelligence: A Handbook for Practitioners, Managers, and Users is a primer for analysts involved in conducting strategic intelligence research. Author Don McDowell begins with an overview of what strategic intelligence and analysis is, the functions it performs, and outcomes it delivers. McDowell then outlines a proven methodological approach to planning and implementing a strategic research project useful in any setting whatsoever.

Strategic Intelligence explains in detail the steps involved in doing strategic analysis and includes examples, guidelines, and standards to further illustrate the process. Each step in the process corresponds with a chapter in the book, describing the doctrine and/or theory appropriate, as well as applications of the theory and practical hints on its implementation. Additionally, holistic and creative thinking about the problem issues being tackled is stressed in order to avoid narrow, biased analysis.

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About the Author

Don McDowell has had a lifetime career in intelligence and related activity, specializing in the past two decades in pioneering methodologies for strategic intelligence and analysis. He lectures internationally and has published widely on intelligence and strategic research, also running several consulting companies and a College focused on distance learning in these fields.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2762 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Scarecrow Press; Revised edition (24 Dec. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0025VKALG
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wisdom from Down Under 7 Mar. 2010
By Retired Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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As this book so nicely puts it, intelligence "is both a process and an activity", but also is a final product. So it is possible to speak of intelligence as a process of analysis that produces intelligence products. In the case of this book the intelligence that McDowell is concerned with is `strategic intelligence' which he is careful to distinguish from operational or tactical intelligence (what in this country is called `current intelligence').
What McDowell argues for is a serious program that would be focused on strategic intelligence (or `long term' intelligence as it is known here) production. In McDowell's view strategic intelligence should be concerned with long term trends and broader policy issues rather than specific and limited target concerns that preoccupy current intelligence analysts. He correctly sees the need for both types of intelligence, but argues along the way that strategic intelligence is much more helpful in such governmental and corporate functions as policy formulation. It should be noted that McDowell sees intelligence as transcending national governments to not only local government, but the private sector as well.
Now it should be noted that much of the value of this book is that McDowell not only advocates the production of strategic intelligence, but spends a good deal of the book discussing the analytic tradecraft needed to produce it. It was especially gratifying to see his arguments for all source research as core to strategic intelligence analysis. McDowell not only knows what he is talking about but explains it with startling clarity. This is a book on both analytic tradecraft and intelligence policy that is well worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Want to know how to approach Strategic Intelligence study this book. 26 July 2011
By Harry Robertson - Published on Amazon.com
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Whilst studying and working on Strategic intelligence I made contact with this excellent book in the first edition and this 2010 edition has grown to still reflect best practice on strategic intelligence. The description and methodology provided by Don McDowell is second to none.
For those who are starting out this is the book for you, for those with experience I'm sure you will have had contact already as you strive for best practice.
The clear and concise modelling of concepts was a really great help.
And many of the suggested developments of strategic intelligence in recent years are also reflected throughout the book.
A great read and a great resource.
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