PLATINUM LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
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.
Jack Davis remains the de facto Dean for Analytic Tradecraft of the US Intelligence Community.
1997 Davis A Compendium of Analytic Tradecraft Notes
2003 Davis (US) Analytic Paradoxes: Can Open Source Intelligence Help?
2002 Reference: Jack Davis Leadership in Intelligence Analysis (August 2002)
Sherman Kent Occasional Papers by Jack Davis
Improving CIA Analytic Performance: Strategic Warning
Improving CIA Analytic Performance: Analysts and the Policymaking Process
Improving CIA Analytic Performance: DI Analytic Priorities
Sherman Kent and the Profession of Intelligence Analysis
Strategic Warning: If Surprise is Inevitable, What Role for Analysis?
Tensions in Analyst-Policymaker Relations: Opinions, Facts, and Evidence
Sherman Kent’s Final Thoughts on Analyst-Policymaker Relations
Updated 4 March 2010