Advanced

Anticipating the Zombie Apocalypse: Using Improbability to Teach Intelligence Analysis

Ingesson, Tony LU (2019) In International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 32(2). p.379-390
Abstract
Some of the most important challenges in teaching Intelligence Analysis in an
academic context are to make the students reflect on their own biases and to
convey how group dynamics shape the analytical process. Only by learning
this can they understand the ease with which an individual or group slips into
familiar patterns of thinking and thus fails to identify new, unexpected
developments. According to the late Central Intelligence Agency specialist in
this area, Richards J. Heuer Jr., these psychological factors can be a serious
impediment to accurate analyses.1 In addition, in order to be adequately
prepared for the prevalence of contemporary information warfare, students
need to familiarize... (More)
Some of the most important challenges in teaching Intelligence Analysis in an
academic context are to make the students reflect on their own biases and to
convey how group dynamics shape the analytical process. Only by learning
this can they understand the ease with which an individual or group slips into
familiar patterns of thinking and thus fails to identify new, unexpected
developments. According to the late Central Intelligence Agency specialist in
this area, Richards J. Heuer Jr., these psychological factors can be a serious
impediment to accurate analyses.1 In addition, in order to be adequately
prepared for the prevalence of contemporary information warfare, students
need to familiarize themselves with deception and improve their ability to
detect it in order to avoid being misled. Since bias and group dynamics are
two of the most important components exploited in deception operations, the
two issues are connected. Including both the psychological factors and the
mechanisms of deception in the same exercises arguably facilitates teaching
and makes it easier for the students to grasp these concepts.2 (Less)
Please use this url to cite or link to this publication:
author
organization
publishing date
type
Contribution to journal
publication status
published
subject
keywords
Intelligence Analysis, zombies, deception, teaching
in
International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence
volume
32
issue
2
pages
379 - 390
publisher
Taylor & Francis
external identifiers
  • scopus:85065593466
ISSN
0885-0607
DOI
10.1080/08850607.2019.1565571
language
English
LU publication?
yes
id
fafce7b9-0c13-4a8d-b759-dc249451b898
date added to LUP
2019-02-19 14:09:20
date last changed
2020-01-13 01:29:53
@article{fafce7b9-0c13-4a8d-b759-dc249451b898,
  abstract     = {Some of the most important challenges in teaching Intelligence Analysis in an<br/>academic context are to make the students reflect on their own biases and to<br/>convey how group dynamics shape the analytical process. Only by learning<br/>this can they understand the ease with which an individual or group slips into<br/>familiar patterns of thinking and thus fails to identify new, unexpected<br/>developments. According to the late Central Intelligence Agency specialist in<br/>this area, Richards J. Heuer Jr., these psychological factors can be a serious<br/>impediment to accurate analyses.1 In addition, in order to be adequately<br/>prepared for the prevalence of contemporary information warfare, students<br/>need to familiarize themselves with deception and improve their ability to<br/>detect it in order to avoid being misled. Since bias and group dynamics are<br/>two of the most important components exploited in deception operations, the<br/>two issues are connected. Including both the psychological factors and the<br/>mechanisms of deception in the same exercises arguably facilitates teaching<br/>and makes it easier for the students to grasp these concepts.2},
  author       = {Ingesson, Tony},
  issn         = {0885-0607},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {05},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {379--390},
  publisher    = {Taylor & Francis},
  series       = {International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence},
  title        = {Anticipating the Zombie Apocalypse: Using Improbability to Teach Intelligence Analysis},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08850607.2019.1565571},
  doi          = {10.1080/08850607.2019.1565571},
  volume       = {32},
  year         = {2019},
}