1997 Davis A Compendium of Analytic Tradecraft Notes

Analysis, Analysis, Historic Contributions
Jack Davis
Jack Davis

PLATINUM Jack Davis, Virtual Dean of US All-Source 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.

Note: Awarded in advance of IOP '07 to celebrate Jack Davis' 50th uninterrupted year as an all-source analyst and mentor to all analysts.

The Compendium is 45 pages in all and consists of a Foreword, Summary, and then ten Notes to Analysts:

Jack Davis
Jack Davis

Note 1:  Addressing US Interests in DI Assessments

Note 2: Access and Crediblity

Note 3: Articulation of Assumptions

Note 4: Outlook

Note 5: Facts and Sourcing

Note 6: Analytic Expertise

Note 7: Effective Summary

Note 8: Implementation Analysis

Note 9: Conclusions

Note 10: Tradecraft and Counterintelligence

1990 Expeditionary Environment Analytic Model Updated with Regional and Country Summaries

Analysis, Memoranda, Military, OSINT Generic, Stabilization, White Papers

NEW: 1990 Expeditionary Environment Regional & Country Summaries

General Al Gray, USMC, then Commandant of the Marine Corps (CMC) created the Marine Corps Intelligence Center (MCIC) at the same time that he created the Marine Corps University (MCU).  He was guided by the reality that the larger serices–the Army, Navy, and Air Force–devoted all of their attention to trainng, equipping, and organizing for “Big War” against the Soviet Union and China.  He also recognized that there were many strategic assumptions in the Planning, Programming, and Budgeting System (PPBS), including the assumption, by the large services, that they would have lead times for deploying and employing forces abroad.

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Reference: Mapping Hypertext (1989)

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