National Intelligence Forum Lecture Series: Comparative Intelligence Analysis
In today's complex world there is great value in understanding the way that numerous intelligence services are trying to organize to understand and predict the future. Analyzing a national intelligence system through a comparative lens means identifying and explaining intelligence systems' behavior during any given time or situation. That is, intelligence systems analysis is about identifying transition points, explaining trends, and discovering emerging issues. In this way, comparative intelligence analysis provides a more complete understanding of why (and also why not) certain intelligence systems have adapted to the current security environment, and how the intelligence enterprise is aggregating, or diversifying, globally.
Kevin O'Connell is the President and CEO of Innovative Analytics & Training. He has over 26 years of experience in topics such as national security decisionmaking, intelligence and intelligence policy issues, and the policy, security, and market issues related to commercial remote sensing. O'Connell has served on a number of senior government panels, including the DHS Information Policy Board and a DARPA-NGA panel. He is the former chairman of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Federal Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing and was staff director of the independent commission on National Imagery and Mapping Agency. O'Connell also served as the founder and first director of RAND's Intelligence Policy Center during almost a decade at RAND. O'Connell previously served in the Situation Room, the National Security Council, as a special assistant to the vice president for National Security Affairs and on the Community Management Staff of the Director Central Intelligence. O'Connell received a bachelor's in international studies from the Ohio State University, graduate training in national security studies at The George Washington University and a master's in public policy from the University of Maryland. He is an associate professor at Georgetown University and is published in a variety of journals. He is the winner of the IBM Center for Business of Government Fellowship for a forthcoming monograph, Recasting Open Source Within U.S. Intelligence.
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