Intelligence Analysis


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.

  • A senior airman who led a target analysis team that located and relayed the positions of more than 4,300 compounds to coalition forces at a workstation


    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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    Sarah Soliman

    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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    David Stebbins

    Senior Policy Analyst
    Education M.A. in international affairs, Columbia University; B.A. in social science, Castleton State College

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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 Sudkamp

    Senior Analyst
    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 MS in strategic intelligence, National Intelligence University; BA in history, Cornell University