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■ Most professions have a body of literature that lays out the “doctrine” or the “philosophy”

of that profession. Intelligence is no exception. In his article, “Meeting

the Intelligence Community’s Continuing Need for an Intelligence Literature,”

Dr. Russell G. Swenson discusses a historical foundation for intelligence literature

in the work of Sherman Kent, then shows how work being done at the Joint

Military Intelligence College is contributing substantially to the contemporary

body of literature in the profession. Dr. Swenson is the Director of the Center for

Strategic Intelligence Research at the Joint Military Intelligence College, and has

been responsible for the publication of scores of books and articles by college students

and faculty.

■ James S. Major came to the Joint Military Intelligence College in 1985 as a Lieutenant

Colonel in the United States Army and remained after his retirement as the

Director of the College Writing Center. His book Writing with Intelligence is a textbook

in graduate and undergraduate courses at the College and is widely used

throughout the Intelligence Community. The excerpt presented here is chapter 2,

“The Basic Tools of Writing with Intelligence,” stressing the importance of such

basic considerations as clarity, conciseness, and correctness in intelligence writing.

■ Lisa Krizan, a civilian employee of the Department of Defense, completed her

master’s thesis at the Joint Military Intelligence College in 1996. Entitled Benchmarking

the Intelligence Process for the Private Sector: A New Role for the Intelligence

Community, it was subsequently adapted as an Occasional Paper,

Intelligence Essentials for Everyone (Washington, DC: Joint Military Intelligence

College, June 1999). In his Preface to that paper, Lieutenant General James A.

Williams, U.S. Army (Retired), a former Director of the Defense Intelligence

Agency, writes: “[Lisa Krizan] has articulated clearly the fundamentals of sound

intelligence practice and has identified some guidelines that can lead toward creation

of a solid intelligence infrastructure. These signposts apply both to government

intelligence and to business.” Excerpted from that paper for this book are

the Prologue, Part I, and Part II.

■ Dr. Ronald D. Garst is the Provost of the Joint Military Intelligence College, and

Dr. Max L. Gross, formerly the Dean of the School of Intelligence Studies, is currently

serving as a Senior Research Fellow at the College. Their article, “On

Becoming an Intelligence Analyst,” appeared in the Defense Intelligence Journal 6,

no. 2 (1997): 47-59. Reprinted here in its entirety, the piece “describes that set of

talents, skills and personal characteristics required of the successful all-source intelligence

analyst” (page 47). The table referred to in the text, citing the College curriculum

for academic years 1988–1998 and 1998–1999, has been updated to reflect

the current curriculum at the Joint Military Intelligence College.

■ William S. Brei was a Captain in the United States Air Force when he wrote his

master’s thesis at the Joint Military Intelligence College in 1993. Entitled Assess-


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