Writing for Intelligence Analysis

Analysts must 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.  The course begins with a writing diagnostic exercise, to evaluate existing writing competencies. Students then hone skills with personalized instruction and advanced practical writing exercises, to evaluate and improve the student’s ability to clearly, concisely, and accurately present intelligence.

We strongly recommend taking the Critical Thinking and Structural Analysis course in advance of this course. A program has been created for both, called “Critical Thinking and Writing for Intelligence Analysts.”