Professionalizing Intelligence Analysis

  title={Professionalizing Intelligence Analysis},
  author={James B. Bruce and Roger Zane George},
  journal={Journal of Strategic Security},
This article examines the current state of professionalism in national security intelligence analysis in the U.S. Government. Since the introduction of major intelligence reforms directed by the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act (IRTPA) in December, 2004, we have seen notable strides in many aspects of intelligence professionalization, including in analysis. But progress is halting, uneven, and by no means permanent. To consolidate its gains, and if it is to continue improving… 
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