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Author Gentry, John A., 1949- author

Title Strategic warning intelligence : history, challenges, and prospects / John A. Gentry and Joseph S. Gordon
Published Washington, DC : Georgetown University Press, [2019]
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Contents Concepts of strategic warning intelligence -- Four classic warning cases -- Types of government warning institutions -- The evolution of U.S., British, Dutch, and NATO warning institutions -- Warning methodological issues -- The "indications and warning" analytic method -- Other warning analytic techniques -- Cognitive, psychological, and character issues -- Producers of warning intelligence beyond formal intelligence communities -- Dealing with senior intelligence consumers -- Institutional issues -- The future of strategic warning intelligence
Summary John A. Gentry and Joseph S. Gordon update our understanding of strategic warning intelligence analysis for the twenty-first century. Strategic warning--the process of long-range analysis to alert senior leaders to trending threats and opportunities that require action--is a critical intelligence function. It also is frequently misunderstood and underappreciated. Gentry and Gordon draw on both their practitioner and academic backgrounds to present a history of the strategic warning function in the US intelligence community, outline the capabilities of analytic methods, explain why strategic warning analysis is so hard, discuss the special challenges strategic warning encounters from senior decisionmakers, compare how strategic warning functions in other countries, evaluate why the United States has in recent years emphasized current intelligence instead of strategic warning, and recommend warning-related structural and procedural improvements in the US intelligence community. The authors also examine historical case studies, including postmortems of warning failures, to provide examples of the analytic points they make. Strategic Warning Intelligence will interest scholars and practitioners and will be an ideal teaching text for intermediate and advanced students
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on January 23, 2019)
Subject Intelligence service -- United States.
Intelligence service.
Military intelligence -- United States.
Military intelligence.
Form Electronic book
Author Gordon, Joseph S., author
LC no. 2018033681
ISBN 1626166560 (electronic book)
9781626166561 (electronic book)