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

1995 House Appropriations Committee Surveys Open Source Intelligence (OSINT)

History of Opposition, Legislation, Methods & Process, Policy

In 1995 the House Appropriations Committee (HAC) took and interest in Open Source Intelligence (OSINT), and c arried out a survey that to the best of our knowledge, was blocked, side-stepped, and generally not respected by the U.S. Intelligence Community generally and the Department of Defense (DoD) specifically.

Click on the below JPEG to read two pages summarizing what OSS CEO said to them.


1994 Engelbart (US) Toward High-Performance Organizations: A Strataegic Role for Groupware

Collective Intelligence, Historic Contributions, Technologies
Doug Engelbart
Doug Engelbart

Doug Engelbart invented the mouse, hypertext, and other foundational elements for what we have today in the way of cyberspace communications.  He received $10,000 from the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) for his mouse patent.  They sold it to Logitech for $80,000, and of course today there are billions of the little suckers generating perpetual revenue.   He remains devoted to achieving the Holy Grail: enabling the human species to fulfil its role as Earth sense-maker and cosmic force.  Below is the presentation he made to OSS ’94.

Strategic Groupware
Strategic Groupware

1993 Herring (US) The Role of Intelligence in Formulating Strategy

Commercial Intelligence, Government, Historic Contributions, Strategy, Strategy
Jan Herring
Jan Herring

Jan Herring, as National Intelligence Officer (NIO) for Science & Technology (S&T) at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), tried in the 1970’s to adddress the “severe deficiencies” in access to open sources of information.  Historically,  it has been the S&T analysts that understood the availability and value of open source information in all languages.  He failed within government, but did not give up.  He went into the private sector and created the Academy of Competitive Intelligence (click on his photograph to learn more) with Ben Gilad and Leonard Fuld, two of the half dozen “top guns” in the English-seaking competitive intelligence community world-wide.  If Stevan Dedijer is the father of business intelligence (qua decision-support), then Jan Herring is surely the father of business intelligence in the USA, and a global pioneer in training people to use unclassified analytic sources and methods of inestimable value to any group.

Unlike most, Jan Herring also understand the vital relevance of intelligence to the devleopment of strategy.   Below is one of his seminal papers on this topic.  See also his short paper on Business Intelligence.

Intelligence & Strategy
Intelligence & Strategy
Business Intelligence--Or Lack Thereof
Business Intelligence--Or Lack Thereof

Reference: Mapping Hypertext (1989)

Analysis, Analysis, Augmented Reality, C4/JOE/Software, Collective Intelligence, Geospatial, Historic Contributions, info-graphics/data-visualization, InfoOps (IO), IO Mapping, Journalism/Free-Press/Censorship, Maps, Methods & Process, Monographs, Open Government, Policy, Reform, Research resources, Strategy, Tools
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Title Pages

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Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9


This is the seminal work in what the author has long named “information mapping.”  Posted as a public service with permission of the author, under Creative Commons license.  No commercial exploitation is permitted without documented consent of the author.

Book intended to be read two pages at a time.  The author suggests printing by the chapter, and then reading with even pages to the left and odd pages to the right, two pages at a time.

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1988 Generic Intelligence Center Production Requirements

Memoranda, Technologies, White Papers
Generic Requriements
Generic Requriements

The Marine Corps Intelligence Center (MCIC), today a Command, broke new ground, but failed to achieve traction despite strong support from the mid-career professionals.  For example, the Marine COrps submission won the Joint National Intelligence Development Staff (JNIDS) competition one year with its proposal for a generic all-source analytic workstation, but they were over-ruled by a Navy Admiral who ordered them to do an anti-submarine problem instead.  It is that lack of integrity that has incapacitated the intelligence and defense communities–both the Admiral who abused his position, and the JNIDS staff who allowed him to do so, lacked the kind of integrity that the Constitution calls for among its civilian and uniformed servants to the public interest.