2003 Davis (US) Analytic Paradoxes: Can Open Source Intelligence Help?

Analysis, Communities of Practice, Historic Contributions
Jack Davis
Jack Davis

PLATINUM Jack Davis, De Facto Dean of the U.S. Intelligence Analytic Corps

For over three decades, Jack Davis has been the heir to Sherman Kent and the mentor to all those who would strive to be the world’s most effective all-source intelligence analysts.  As a Central Intelligence Agency analyst and educator, he combines intellect, integrity, insight, and an insatiable appetite for interaction with all manner of individuals regardless of rank and disposition.  He is the most able pioneer of “analytic tradecraft,” the best proponent for the value of human analysis over technical processing, and one of those very special individuals who helped define the end of 20th Century centralized analysis and the beginning of 21st Century distributed multinational multiagency analysis.

Clicking on the photo leads to a seminal essay by Jack Davis on Sherman Kent and the Analytic Craft.

Below are his origional reflections prepared for OSS ’03.  At the Frog is a link to his unqiue collection of memoranda on Analytic Tradecraft.

Jack Davis
Jack Davis
Jack Davis Compendium of Analytic Tradecraft Notes
Jack Davis Compendium of Analytic Tradecraft Notes