NRC releases new report on improving intelligence analysis

Recommendations by the committee encourage the application of "the principles, evidentiary standards, and findings of the behavioral and social sciences" to four specific areas
On March 28, Science GRO staff participated in a “public discussion” hosted by the National Research Council (NRC) following release of its new report, Intelligence Analysis for Tomorrow: Advances from the Behavioral and Social Sciences. APA Member Baruch Fischhoff, PhD chaired the NRC Committee on Behavioral and Social Science Research to Improve Intelligence Analysis for National Security, which spent two and a half years studying the issue and developing the 2011 report originally requested and sponsored by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). Recommendations by the committee encourage the ODNI to “ensure that the intelligence community applies the principles, evidentiary standards, and findings of the behavioral and social sciences to four specific areas: analytic methods, workforce development, collaboration, and communication.” A free download of the report is available on the National Academies Press website.