Suggested resources and recommended reading for understanding intelligence for law enforcement and homeland security


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Recommended Reading

Analytic Techniques and Tradecraft

Fei Yeh, Puong. Using Prediction Markets to Enhance US Intelligence Capabilities – Journal Article
Fleisher, Craig S. and Bebette E. Bensoussan. Business and Competitive Intelligence Analysis: Effective Application of New and Classic Methods – Book
Garcia, Gregory M. Tactical Source Profiling and Tactical Analysis – Newspaper Article
George, Roger Z. Fixing the Problem of Analytical Mind-Sets: Alternative Analysis – Journal Article                                                                       Hall, Wayne Michael and Gary Citrenbaum. Intelligence Analysis: How to Think in Complex Environments– Book
Hamilton, James D. Time Series Analysis – Book
Heuer, Richards J. The Evolution of Structured Analytic Techniques – Conference Paper
Heuer, Richards J. and Randolph H. Pherson. Structured Analytic Techniques for Intelligence Analysis – Book
Heuer, Richards J. The Psychology of Intelligence Analysis – Book
Jones, Morgan D. The Thinker’s Toolkit: 14 Powerful Techniques for Problem Solving – Book
Longbine, David F. Red Teaming: Past and Present – Research Paper
Ogilvy, Jay. Scenario Planning, Art or Science – Journal Article
Pherson, Randolph H.; Schwartz, Alan R.; & Elizabeth Manak. Anticipating Rare Events: The Role of ACH and Other Structured Analytic Techniques – Research Paper
Schweitzer, Nicholas. Bayesian Analysis for Intelligence: Some Focus on the Middle East – Journal Article
Segell, Glen M. Intelligence Methodologies Applicable to the Madrid Train Bombings, 2004 – Journal Article
Wheaton, Kristan J. and Diane E. Chido. Structured Analysis of Competing Hypotheses: Improving Tested Intelligence Methodolodgy – Journal Article

Business Intelligence

Brown, Mark Graham. Beyond the Balanced Scorecard: Improving Business Intelligence with Analytics – Book
Dresner, Howard. Profiles in Performance: Business Intelligence Journeys and the Roadmap for Change – Book
Fleisher, Craig S. and Bebette E. Bensoussan. Business and Competitive Intelligence Analysis: Effective Application of New and Classic Methods – Book
Gilad, B. and J. Herring (eds.). The Art. And Science of Business Intelligence Analysis – Book
Howson, Cindi. Successful Business Intelligence: Secrets to Making BI a Killer App – Book
Inmon, William H. and Anthony Nesavich. Tapping into Unstructured Data: Integrating Unstructured Data and Textual Analytics into Business Intelligence – Book
Loshin, David. Business Intelligence: The Savvy Manager’s Guide – Book
Medina, Carmen and Rebecca Fisher. Thinking About the Business of Intelligence – Journal Article
Miller, Gloria J.; Brautigam, Dagmar and Stefanie V. Gerlach. Business Intelligence Competency Centers: A Team Approach to Maximizing Competitive Advantage – Book
Turban, Efraim; Sharda, Ramesh; and Dursun Delen. Decision Support and Business Intelligence Systems– Book
Turban, Efraim; Sharda, Ramesh; Delen, Dursun and David King. Business Intelligence – Book
Vercellis, Carlo. Business Intelligence: Data Mining and Optimization for Decision Making – Book
Williams, Steve. The Profit Impact of Business Intelligence – Book

Competitive Intelligence

Axelrod, Robert. The Evolution of Cooperation – Book
Bernhardt, D. Consumer vs. Producer: Overcoming the disconnect between management and competitive intelligence – Journal Article
Bouthillier, F., and K. Shearer. Assessing Competitive Intelligence Software: A Guide to Evaluating IC Technology – Book
Cart, M.M. Super Searchers on Competitive Intelligence: The Online and Offline Secrets of Top CI Researchers – Book
Cohen, A. The misuse of competitive intelligence – Journal Article
Crane, Andrew. In the company of spies: When competitive intelligence gathering becomes industrial espionage – Journal Article
Dishman, P.; Fleisher, C.S. and V. Knip. A chronological anbd categorized bibliography of key competitive intelligence scholarship: Part I (1996-2003) – Journal Article
Dishman, P.; Fleisher, C.S. and V. Knip. A chronological anbd categorized bibliography of key competitive intelligence scholarship: Part II (1990-1996) – Journal Article
Dishman, P.; Fleisher, C.S. and V. Knip. A chronological anbd categorized bibliography of key competitive intelligence scholarship: Part III ( Pre-1990) – Journal Article
Fiora, B. Applying Consulting Skills to CI Projects – Part I – Journal Article
Fleisher, Craig S. An introduction to the management and practice of competitive intelligence – Journal Article
Fleisher, Craig S. Competitive Intelligence Education: Competencies, Sources and Trends – Journal Article
Fleisher, Craig S. and Bebette E. Bensoussan. Business and Competitive Intelligence Analysis: Effective Application of New and Classic Methods – Book
Fleisher, Craig S. and Bebette E. Bensoussan. Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Analysis: Methods and Techniques for Analyzing Business Competition – Book
Fleisher, Craig S. and D.L. Belnkhorn. Controversies in Competitive Intelligence: The Enduring Issues – Book
Fuld, L.M. The New Competitor Intelligence – Book
Gilad, Ben. Early Warning: Using Competitive Intelligence to Anticipate Market Shifts, Control Risks and Create Powerful Strategies – Book
Herring, J. Key intelligence topics: A process to identify and define intelligence needs – Journal Article
Kahaner, Larry. Competitive Intelligence : How to Gather, Analyze, and Use Information to Move Your Business to the Top – Book
Lackman, C.; Saban, K.; and J. Lanasa. Organizing the competitive intelligence function: A benchmarking study – Journal Article
McGonagle, J.J., and C.M. Vella. The Manger’s Guide to Competitive Intelligence – Book
McGonagle, J.J., and C.M. Vella. Outsmarting the Competition: Practical Approaches to Finding and Using Competitive Information – Book
Miller, Jerry P. and Leonard Fuld. Millennium Intelligence: Understanding and Conducting Competitive Intelligence in the Digital – Book
Nolan, John. Confidential: Uncover Your Competitors’ Top Business Secrets Legally and Quickly–and Protect Your Own – Book
Porter, M.E. Competitive Strategy: Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors – Book
Prescott, John E. The Evolution of Competitive Intelligence – Journal Article
Prescott, John E.; Miller, Stephen H. and SCIP. Proven Strategies in Competitive Intelligence: Lessons from the Trenches – Book
Shacker, S. and M. Gembicki. The Warroom Guide to Competitive Intelligence – Book
Sharp, Seena. Competitive Intelligence Advantage: How to Minimize Risk, Avoid Surprises, and Grow Your Business in a Changing World – Book
Skryzowski, L. Building a CI network from scratch – Journal Article
Stack, Kevin P. Competitive intelligence – Journal Article
Waters, T.J. Hyperformance: Using Competitive Intelligence for Better Strategy and Execution – Book
Werther, G. Building an ‘Analysis Age’ for Competitive Intelligence in the 21st Century – Journal Article
Zahra, S. and S. Chaples. Blind spots in competitive analysis – Journal Article

Information Theory

Cover, Thomas M. and Joy A. Thomas. Elements of Information Theory – Book
Davies, Paul and Niels Henrik Gregersen. Information and the Nature of Reality: From Physics to Metaphysics – Book
Gleick, James. The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood – Book
MacKay, David J.C. Information Theory, Inference and Learning Algorithms – Book
Pierce, John R. An Introduction to Information Theory: Symbols, Signals and Noise – Book
Reza, Fazlollah M. An Introduction to Information Theory – Book
Wu, Tim. The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires – Book

Intelligence and Law

Baker, James A. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act – Conference Paper
Banks, William C. Programmatic Surveillance and FISA: Of Needles in Haystacks – Journal Article
Bazan, Elizabeth B. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act: Overview and Modifications – Book
Bedan, Matt. Echelon’s Effect: The obsolence of the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Legal Regime – Journal Article
Borene, Andrew M. The U.S. Intelligence Community Law Sourcebook: A Compendium of National Security Related Laws and Policy Documents – Book
Bryan, Ian and Michael Salter. War crimes prosecutors and intelligence agencies: the case for assessing their collaboration – Journal Article
Martin, Kate. Domestic Intelligence and Civil Liberties – Journal Article
Martin, Kate. Intelligence, Terrorism and Civil Liberties – Journal Article
Newbery, Samantha; Brecher, Bob; Sands, Philippe and Brian Stewart. Interrogation, Intelligence and the Issue of Human Rights – Journal Article
Pious, Richard M. The War on Terrorism and the Rule of Law – Book
Sanders, Rebecca. Norms of Exception? Intelligence Practices, Human Rights, and the Law – Conference Paper

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