Psychology of Intelligence Analysis
by Richards J. Heuer Jr.
Psychology of Intelligence Analysis has been required reading for intelligence officers studying the art and science of intelligence analysis for decades. Author Richards J. Heuer, Jr., discusses how fundamental limitations in human mental processes can prompt people to jump to conclusions and employ other simplifying strategies that lead to predictably faulty judgments known as cognitive biases. These analytic mindsets cannot be avoided but they can be overcome through the application of more structured and rigorous analytic techniques including the Analysis of Competing Hypotheses.