ABSTRACT

Sherman Kent and the Profession of Intelligence Analysis   [open pdf - 51KB]

"Of the many individuals who paved a pathway for the development of intelligence analysis as a profession, Kent stands out--both for his own contributions to analytic doctrine and practice, and for inspiring three generations of analysts to build on his efforts to meet changing times. Kent's tools for leadership once again were tough standards, color and wit, and enthusiasm for drawing lessons from intelligence challenges. If intelligence analysis as a profession has a Founder, the honor belongs to Sherman Kent. This essay: (1) sketches Kent's pre-CIA background, (2) tries to capture his colorful personality, (3) catalogues his contributions to the profession, (4) sets out his main analytic doctrines, and, finally, (5) outlines some of the unresolved challenges he left for later generations."

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2002
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Public Domain
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Central Intelligence Agency: http://www.odci.gov/cia/
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Source:
The Sherman Kent Center for Intelligence Analysis Occasional Papers (2002): v. 1, no. 5
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