The aim of this course is to develop students who are able to apply critical thinking and Structural analysis as a NATO Intelligence analyst, in order to provide more accurate, collaborative intelligence that can be validated by other analysts.
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IMPLEMENT CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS:
Given references, the students will be able to implement critical thinking skills to analyse topic-associated data, information, and evidence, utilizing multiple analytical techniques IAW the DIA’s CT&SA participant handbook.
APPLY CRITICAL THINKING AND STRUCTURED ANALYTICAL TECHNIQUES:
Given references, the students will be able to Identify and apply structured analytical techniques utilizing various methodologies IAW the DIA’s CT&SA participant handbook.
ASSESS INDIVIDUAL THINKING SKILLS BY MITIGATING BIASES:
Given references, the students will be able to identify their personal biases and improve their thinking skills through implementation of bias mitigation strategies IAW the DIA’s CT&SA participant handbook.
DEVELOP CONFIDENCE IN ANALYSIS AND CONCLUSIONS:
Given references, the students will be able to increase confidence in their analysis and conclusions IAW the DIA’s CT&SA tradecraft.
INTRODUCE INTELLIGENCE ANALYSIS IN NATO:
Given references, the students will be able to explain the NATO doctrinal and organizational framework as well as current practise of intelligence analysis IAW NATO intelligence documents.
||English 3333 IAW STANAG 6001
||NCO: OR-5 thru OR-9
Officer: OF-1 thru OF-5
This one week course is comprised of interactive plenary lectures, brief, moderated Q&A sessions alternating with facilitated work in small syndicates, followed by back briefs to plenary, and personal case studies to complete the student’s knowledge.
Analysis requires mental effort, which can be difficult to leverage. Analysts need a productively imaginative process of inquiry backed by an open mind—thinking analytically. In this way, analysts more thoroughly examine complex issues and are more likely to uncover and recognize novel intelligence and prevent strategic and operational surprises.
However, such reasoning is at odds with how people—all people, including intelligence analysts—naturally think. Instead, people seek to confirm their first answer to a problem, selectively using evidence to support that position even when there is compelling evidence an alternate hypothesis may actually be the correct one.
One solution to overcome our natural tendencies is to think critically and creatively. Critical thinking provides structure to the reasoning process, helping analysts identify where they are likely to go astray. Critical thinking techniques, when practiced over time, offer a means for self-reflective reasoning that becomes second nature and leads to improved thinking. When such thinking is aided by using appropriate structured analytic techniques, analysts will improve how they resolve issues and the quality of their work. This CT&SA course offers participants a chance to learn a paradigm for critical thinking and explore basic US DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency) approved structured analysis techniques taught by DIA and ADI (Academy for Defense Intelligence) certified instructors.
This course contains pre-learning sessions available as ADL Modules through the ACT LMS.