Importance of Communication in Intelligence Analysis

Importance of Communication in Intelligence Analysis

Importance of Communication in Intelligence Analysis

This article sheds light on Importance of Communication in Intelligence Analysis in different organizations where Communication plays a vital role with effective communication.

Process of Communication

Writing Skills

  • Don’t write for yourself!
  • Kipling’s 6 fundamentals
  • Pay particular attention to ‘Why’ in the Kipling model
  • Keep it professional
  • Must produce the ‘next step’
  • Remain honest and non biased

A Good Report…

  • understand the purpose of the report brief and adhere to its specifications;
  • gather, evaluate and analyse relevant information;
  • structure material in a logical and coherent order;
  • present your report in a consistent manner according to the instructions of the report brief;
  • make appropriate conclusions that are supported by the evidence and analysis of the report;
  • make thoughtful and practical recommendations where required.

Not so Good Report

  • Badly structured
  • Inappropriate writing style
  • Incorrect or inadequate referencing
  • Deviates from purpose
  • Too much/too little/irrelevant material
  • Expression not clear
  • Doesn’t relate results to purpose
  • Unnecessary use of jargon

Required Skills to Work in an Analytical TeamThe required Skill Set

Whilst a degree level education in an information-related discipline is desirable, it is not an essential requirement.

It ought to be noted that the intelligence sector is a ‘practical’ sector, not a ‘theoretical one.

Following skills are deemed necessary

  • Data Analysis.
  • Problem-solving.
  • Specific industry knowledge.
  • Communication skills
  • Advanced vision and attention to detail.
  • Business acumen.
  • IT Literate.

Some Additional Requirements

  • Multilingual
  • A genuine team player
  • A great deal of mental stamina
  • Being able to think on feet

Role of Intelligence on Operational Planning

Everything Depends on it…

  • It is an irrefutable fact that success of an operational planning depends on the quality of the intelligence.
  • Quality of planning cannot exceed the quality of intelligence!

Some Notable Historical Events

  • Failed Intelligence events
  • Operation Barbosa
  • Pearl Harbour
  • Battle of Hattin

Some Notable Historical Events

  • Intelligence Successes
  • Battle of Gaugamela
  • Cracking Enigma

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