CI Skills and EducationPosted: January 27, 2017
A couple of additional thoughts on CI education/training:
- Merely learning about CI “on the fly” or “as we go” is almost never sufficient. In fact, it is rarely even marginally satisfactory. That does not have to happen, since there are many good sources for improving your research skills and honing your analytical talents.
- Education with respect to research and analysis should never stop. But the requirements for such continuing education differ with these two steps.
- Education on research, both sources and techniques, should be ongoing. There are great books, blogs, training courses, webinars, and sessions at annual meetings of all sorts of organizations that can help. If you cannot find them, you are not looking. Education on research should be ongoing. No one can stop doing this – no one no matter how skilled or experienced.
- Education on analysis is different. That is because intelligence analysis is not so much a skill that can be acquired, but a talent that can be nurtured and honed. Education on analysis should also never stop, but it is significantly different from education on research. Yes, you should look to the same sources as are available for education on research, but you must go further, deeper, and wider. To properly nurture and hone such analytical skills as you possess, you must continually expose yourself to a variety of intellectual challenges and eye-opening data. Try reading different books and magazines from what you do now; then change that next year and the year after: move from history to news to archeology to science fiction to psychology, etc.