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Intelligence analysis is the process by which the information collected about an enemy is used to answer tactical questions about current operations or to predict future behavior. RAND has helped the U.S. intelligence community streamline its processes and aided military analysts collecting and processing information on the battlefield.

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    How the Intelligence Community Could Better Fulfill Its Mission

    Sep 24, 2018

    Conflict with a near-peer competitor—Russia or China—or war with North Korea or Iran would be a game changer, requiring more resources than the U.S. Intelligence Community currently has. But there are meaningful changes that intelligence leaders could make to better meet future demands.

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    Preparing for the Future of Air Force Intelligence Analysis

    Apr 27, 2016

    Given the recent focus on irregular warfare, it is essential that the United States Air Force has the capability to provide intelligence analysis in support of a broader range of operations. Past operations offer key lessons to help prepare for USAF intelligence in the future.

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    Anticipating Ethnic Conflict

    This report provides a practical tool -- a guidebook and a methodology to follow -- to help intelligence analysts determine the long-term potential for communitarian and ethnic conflict.

    Jan 1, 1997

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    Methodological Considerations in Using Simulation to Assess the Combat Value of Intelligence and Electronic Warfare

    ... technical challenges that must be addressed to support the analysis of the combat value of intelligence and electronic warfare/target acquisition (IEW/TA) with simulation models. This Note describes these challenges and considers ways to meet them.

    Jan 1, 1991

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    Damage Variation for Multiple Attacks on a Nonuniform Target System.

    An analysis of the problem of the effectiveness of weapons, not necessarily nuclear, against a nonuniform target system where there is both shot-to-shot and target-to-target variation. In 1968 the widely held Defense Intelligence Agency method for m...

    Jan 1, 1969

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    James B. Bruce

    Adjunct International and Defense Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in international relations, University of Denver; M.A. and B.A. in political science, Kent State University

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    Jacqueline Gardner Burns

    Senior Policy Analyst
    Education Master of Public Policy in international policy and development, Georgetown University; Bachelor of Arts in political science, Augsburg College

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    Raphael S. Cohen

    Associate Director, Strategy and Doctrine Program, RAND Project AIR FORCE; Senior Political Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in government, Georgetown University; M.A. in security studies, Georgetown University; B.A. in government, Harvard University

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    Ben Connable

    Senior Political Scientist; Affiliate Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in war studies, King's College London; M.A. in national security affairs, Naval Postgraduate School; M.A. in strategic intelligence, American Military University; B.A. in political science, University of Colorado, Boulder

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    Mark Cozad

    Senior International Defense Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.S. in strategic intelligence, Defense Intelligence College; M.S. in history, George Mason University; B.S. in political science, U.S. Air Force Academy

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    Christopher A. Eusebi

    Senior Adjunct Researcher
    Education J.D., University of Detroit; M.S. and M.S. in materials engineering, Michigan State University

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    Richard S. Girven

    Director, Cyber and Intelligence Policy Center; Senior International/Defense Research Analyst
    Education M.A. in Asian Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa; M.M.A.S. in strategic studies, U.S. Army Command And General Staff College; M.S. in national resource strategy, Industrial College of the Armed Forces; B.S. in business management, Park College

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    Dahlia Anne Goldfeld

    Information Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in chemical physics, Columbia University; M.A. in chemistry, Harvard University; B.A. in chemistry, Columbia University

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    Derek Grossman

    Senior Defense Analyst
    Education B.A. in Political Science and Asian Studies, University of Michigan; M.A. in U.S. National Security Policy, Georgetown University

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    Timothy R. Heath

    Senior International/Defense Researcher
    Education M.A. in Asian studies, George Washington University; B.A. in philosophy, College of William and Mary

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    Myron Hura

    Senior Engineer
    Education Ph.D. in environmental science and engineering, University of California, Los Angeles; M.S. in engineering, University of California, Los Angeles; B.S., U.S. Naval Academy

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    Erin-Elizabeth Johnson

    Managing Editor, Publishing
    Education B.A. in comparative literature, Yale University; M.A. in security studies, Georgetown University

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    Bradley Knopp

    Senior International / Defense Researcher
    Education BA in political science, Furman University; MA in political science, Georgetown University; Cert in national security studies, National War College

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    Natasha Lander

    Senior Policy Analyst
    Education M.P.P. in national security policy, George Mason University; B.S. in journalism and political science, Bowling Green State University

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    Sale Lilly

    Senior Policy Analyst; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.A. in Modern Chinese Studies, Oxford University; M.A. in economic & social history, Oxford University; B.S. in economics, U.S. Naval Academy

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    William Marcellino

    Senior Behavioral and Social Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in rhetoric, Carnegie Mellon University

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    Lance Menthe

    Senior Physical Scientist; Affiliate Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in physics, University of California, Los Angeles; M.S. in physics, University of California, Los Angeles; B.A. in physics, economics, University of California, Berkeley