Title page for ETD etd-11022011-091541

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Hess, James Henry
Author's Email Address james.hess73@yahoo.com
URN etd-11022011-091541
Title Improving Intelligence in a Counterinsurgency or Counterterrorism Environment Through the Application of a Critical Thinking-Based Framework
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Human Resource Education Workforce Development
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Friedel, Curt Committee Chair
Burnett, Michael Committee Member
Hilton, Stanley Committee Member
Machtmes, Krisanna Committee Member
Lee, Matthew Dean's Representative
  • intelligence
  • counterinsurgency
  • critical thinking
  • qualitative research
  • counterterrorism environment
Date of Defense 2011-09-02
Availability unrestricted
The intelligence community is responsible for providing competent analysis and assessments pertaining to the many significant geo-political situations that may potentially or do effect the nationís interests. The intelligence community has always experienced challenges living up to that charge, and while it may merely be a case of the nature of the profession, there are always lessons that can be learned and processes that may improve the analytical processes. Critical thinking is a cognitive process that may be able to provide that improvement to the analytical processes, and when an analytical framework is built by applying these cognitive skills, the analytical effort may become more focused and meaningful.

This study examined an intelligence analysis framework that was built using specific cognitive critical thinking skills. It was demonstrated that intelligence analysis did improve, specifically with the novice analysts that participated, and there was demonstrated specificity in the respondentsí analyses. A panel of experts provided insight and content assurance that demonstrated the intelligence analysis and products produced were valuable for operational usage. Finally, successful historical counterinsurgencies were examined in relationship to the analytical framework that was utilized in order to understand how this analysis can lead to operational success.

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