Critical Thinking and Writing

A combination of both our Critical Thinking and Structural Analysis and Writing for Intelligence Analysts courses, this program will hone analysts ability to analyze intelligence data and write comprehensive intelligence reports from the tactical to the strategic levels. The in-residence courses will be held in Austin, Texas, home of UPTNext, AFWERx, and Army Futures Command.

Discounted hotel rates available.

Analysts must have the requisite skills to synthesize disparate information from multiple sources.  This course is designed to further develop critical thinking, structured analysis, and data synthesis skills in intelligence and intelligence support to cyber operations.  This course provides methodologies and techniques to improve the quality of reasoning, analysis, objectivity, and decision-making.  The course covers critical thinking models, how to address evidence, competing hypotheses, decision trees, weighted analysis, etc.  The course contains embedded and Capstone practical exercises to address cognitive biases and improve critical thinking skills.

Analysts must also be able to clearly and concisely communicate synthesized intelligence from multiple sources.  Effective writers think clearly, draw conclusions, remain objective, employ critical thinking and reasoning, and translate highly complex information into digestible and understandable products.  This course, based on the Intelligence Community Analytic Standards, provides students the opportunity to hone their writing skills in order to present highly effective intelligence products to consumers from tactical to strategic levels.  This course employs a prerequisite writing diagnostic exercise along with practical writing exercises to evaluate, and improve, the student’s ability to clearly, concisely, and accurately present intelligence.