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Managing the Stress of a Career in Intelligence

By Dr. Valerie E. Davis, American Public University

The job of an intelligence analyst is often very stressful due to the nature of the work and intense pressures to deliver information in a short amount of time. AMU intelligence studies professor Dr. Valerie Davis writes about the importance for intel analysts to learn how to recognize and identify stress and understand effective ways to manage it. 

How Intelligence Has Evolved Since Able Danger

Ten years ago today, the Senate Judiciary Committee convened a hearing to learn what a small group of military intelligence analysts had discovered about the world-wide reach of Al Qaeda and its affiliations prior to 9/11. This first hearing focused on what is known as the Able Danger program, which was the first significant data mining operation that successfully harvested and visualized massive amounts of data. Erik Kleinsmith, who was the senior military member of the Able Danger analytical team, shares lessons learned from this program as well as the ongoing challenges faced by intelligence analysts.

Teamwork that Protects the Nation

The ability of the intelligence community (IC) to protect the nation is largely the product of strong teamwork. Team decision-making improves the effectiveness of intelligence practices that depend on team members sharing information, brainstorming ideas, addressing conflict, and reaching a compromise as a unit.

While individuals can be trained as analysts to forecast events, team decision-making yields more accurate results than the work of individual forecasters, an outcome AMU professor Valerie Davis can affirm based upon her 30 years of intelligence experience. Learn more about how teamwork contributes to the intelligence cycle.