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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Board On Behavioral Cognitive and Sensory Sciences
Board On Behavioral Cognitive and Sensory Sciences
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

Behavioral and Social Science Research to

Improve Intelligence Analysis for National Security Workshop


May 15, 2009


National Academy of Sciences Building
Lecture Room
2101 Constitution Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20037


Click here to view the Workshop Agenda.

Click here to download the Workshop Flyer.

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The National Research Council held a public workshop to explore current training and practices of intelligence analysts, with a consideration of current scientific evidence that might improve those practices. Distinguished speakers included Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft, USAF (Ret.), former National Security Advisor to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush, and Dr. David Mandel, Defence Scientist, Defense Research and Development Canada.


Audio from Workshop Presentations


Welcome and Committee Introduction (23:19 minutes, 21.3 MB)
Dr. Baruch Fischhoff (IOM), Committee Chair


University and Intelligence Community Curricula
University Analytic Training (21:36 minutes, 19.7 MB)
Professor Stephen Marrin, Mercyhurst College

Developing Terrorism Analysts (21:34 minutes, 19.7 MB)
Dr. Donald Hanle, National Defense Intelligence College

Canadian Perspectives
Applied Behavioral Sciences in Support of Intelligence Analysis (33:43 minutes, 37.7 MB)
Dr. David Mandel, Defence Scientist, Defence Research and Development Canada

Keynote Speaker
The Value of Intelligence Analysis
 (51:54 minutes, 47.5 MB)
Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft, USAF (Ret.), former National Security Advisor to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush

Medical Decision Making
Evidence-Based Health Care (44:09 minutes, 40.4 MB)
Dr. Kay Dickersin (IOM), US Cochrane Center

Quality Improvement Programs In Medicine (40:08 minutes, 36.7 MB)
Dr. Mark Chassin (IOM), The Joint Commission

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