During my nearly 50 years of working in intelligence and crime analysis, I have compiled a list of words, acronyms, and abbreviations associated with the profession. About a year ago, it dawned on me that pulling together the most frequent terms, with their definitions, might make a useful resource for all analysts. These definitions come from a large number of United States Intelligence Community members. I do, in some instances, give alternative definitions and indicate from what area or field they come from, such as crime analysis or the military. When I found close definitions of the same word from a number of organizations, I defaulted to the CIA or National Counterterrorism Center definitions. In a few cases I have reworked the definitions to make them fit a wider number of intelligence agencies. 

"Critical Thinking through Writing" is an essential book for all intelligence officers, analysts, and managers who want their intelligence to be read and understood. Drawing on his extensive CIA and teaching experience, David Cariens offers salient lessons in writing, critical thinking, and ethics. The English language is complex and this book offers practical instruction designed specifically for intelligence personnel. The writing and analysis exercises are invaluable and will improve the skills of any analyst, regardless of their prior experience. With the knowledge from this book, intelligence personnel will ensure their message is clear and concise. -Aaron Clack, Division Criminal Analysis Section Manager, Royal Canadian Mounted Police

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The America We All Want is the culmination of over a decade of research and writing on gun violence in the United States. The book draws on research as well as the author’s extensive writings including his books on the shooting at the Appalachian School of Law and Virginia Tech. The author brings to the problem more than 50 years of working in intelligence and crime analysis. He also has the added dimension of having lost a family member in a school shooting. The book is brutally honest in addressing the causes of the gun violence epidemic in the United States. The author asserts past failures of our national and state leaders to address the root causes of violence are, in large part, why this country faces public shootings on a scale not known before. But the book does not stop there. The author factors in the growth of terrorism, racially motivated violence, and the horrendous targeting and murder of our police. The America We All Want suggests action to take at the local level to curb these shooting rampages. The book does not have all the answers, but is a clarion call for people to think about what can be done and then follow up with actions.


Where was this book fifteen years ago !!!!!  This is a must read for our new analysts before they get corrupted by the “system”.  That includes law enforcement and the intelligence community.   In your examples you are giving the reader how to ask the right questions.  Without those questions you’re not collecting the data required to come up with a more in-depth analysis.  Each chapter gives the reader at least one takeaway.  Even someone with my 40 years in the intelligence and analysis profession (LE and IC) either validates my own convictions or makes me rethink possibilities.  Thanks for the writing awareness of do’s and don’ts.  It reminds me of the letters I wrote my mom when I was in Vietnam and she would send them back to me with the proper grammar, sentence structure and spelling.  Of course my mom was a proof reader for a large New York law firm.   Edward Feingold, CCA-CICA Senior Intelligence Analyst A Handbook for Intelligence and Crime Analysis provides readers with critical skills in assessing the veracity and utility of intelligence as well as constructing meaningful end-user products.  Through a comprehensive analysis of effective writing tactics, David Cariens guides readers in developing skills critical to public safety agencies.  .It also fits a critical need given the dramatic expansion of intelligence data, and analysts.   William V. Pelfry Chair, Homeland Security/Emergency Preparedness Department Virginia Commonwealth University. David Cariens, a career CIA analyst with five decades of experience as a practitioner and trainer, has written a clear, concise, and practical guide to intelligence and crime analysis writing. This step-by-step handbook covers the spectrum of analytical writing: from conceptualization, assumptions, key judgments, deception and opportunity analysis, to the timely and critical issue of politicization. It belongs in the reference library of every intelligence and crime analyst. - Robert C. Fahlman, O.O.M.,   Director General, Criminal Intelligence, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (Ret’d.)   President, R & D Fahlman Consulting, Inc.