Assessing the Tradecraft of Intelligence Analysis (Technical by Gregory F. Treverton

By Gregory F. Treverton

This file assesses intelligence research around the major U.S. intelligence organizations and makes a few options, a few of which parallel tasks that experience started within the wake of the December 2004 laws, for example, create a Deputy Director of nationwide Intelligence as a focus for research, identify a countrywide Intelligence college, construct a protracted time period research Unit on the nationwide Intelligence Council, and shape an Open resource middle for making extra inventive use of open-source fabrics.

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Htm. 4 Implementation of the compensation reform was pulled back, after first being delayed for the CIA, until FY2005. 5 In any case, the prospect raises questions for the future of analysis. Could compensation “reform” further entrench the immediate “publish or perish” culture? Those working on long-term think pieces or obscure accounts might not have visibility and might be less rewarded than they are today. Instead, rewards would go to those visible in, say, producing PDB items or other forms of current reporting.

Employees will not lose any salary at the time of conversion to the new system. For example, if an employee is due to receive a within grade increase (WGI), he or she will receive a prorated amount of money in salary at the time of conversion. In deciding on pay, employees will be grouped into pay pools, generally depending on the assigned work unit, and evaluated by a supervisor in the chain of command. In deciding on pay, the pay pool manager is not the employee’s supervisor but reviews input from the employee’s supervisor in making pay decisions.

7 In other cases, the tools are well understood but require some effort and investment to use correctly. In those cases, the Intelligence Community will have to decide whether developing and maintaining the tools and learning to use them effectively are worth the resources. If the answer is to involve more outsourcing, then the community would be able to focus more on the fusion of these relevant topical analyses into a coherent whole product tailored to both pressing and long-term national and shorter-term military issues.

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