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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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    Artificial Intelligence Systems in Intelligence Analysis

    Aug 26, 2021

    The U.S. military and intelligence community have shown interest in using artificial intelligence systems to support intelligence analysis. But deploying AI systems in a national security context requires the ability to measure how well they will perform in the context of their mission.

  • An MQ-9 Reaper sits on the flightline at Creech Air Force Base, Nev. June 19. Gen. John D.W. Corley, Air Combat Command commander, met with Army Gen. William S. Wallace, Army Training and Doctrine Command commanding general, June 30 to discuss a new concept of operations that would maximize the contributions unmanned aerial systems bring to the joint warfighter, photo by Lance Cheung/U.S. Air Force

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    Technology Innovation and the Future of Air Force Intelligence Analysis: Findings and Recommendations

    Jan 27, 2021

    Getting the right intelligence to the right people at the right time is increasingly difficult as the amount of data grows and timelines shrink. How can tools and technologies help the Air Force Distributed Common Ground System evolve to meet the challenges of synthesizing data effectively and efficiently?

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    Bradley M. Knopp

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    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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    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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    Sarah Lovell

    Technical Analyst
    Education M.Phil. in technology policy, University of Cambridge; B.S. in computer engineering, West Virginia University; B.S. in biometric systems, West Virginia University

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    William Marcellino

    Senior Behavioral and Social Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D., 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

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    John V. Parachini

    Senior International and Defense Researcher, former Director of RAND National Defense Research Institute's Intelligence Policy Center; Affiliate Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.B.A., Georgetown University; M.A. in international relations, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University; B.A. in philosophy, Haverford College

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    Jordan R. Reimer

    Policy Analyst
    Education M.P.A. in international relations, Princeton University; A.B. in politics, Princeton University

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    Barbara Sude

    Adjunct Political Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in Near Eastern studies, Princeton University; B.S. in Arabic studies, Georgetown University

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    Karen M. Sudkamp

    Management Scientist
    Education B.S.F.S. in international politics, Georgetown University; M.A. in national security and strategic studies, Naval War College; M.A. in food studies, Chatham University; M.B.A. in business administration, Chatham University

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    Cortney Weinbaum

    Senior Management Scientist
    Education B.S. in physics, University of Michigan

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    Heather J. Williams

    Senior Policy Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.S. in strategic intelligence, National Intelligence University; B.S. in U.S. foreign policy and national security, Boston University

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    J.D. Williams

    Senior International and Defense Policy Researcher
    Education M.S. in strategic intelligence, National Intelligence University; B.A. in history, Cornell University