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Introduction_to_Intelligence_StudiesIntroduction to Intelligence Studies

Textbook available for purchase on Amazon.

Since the attacks of 9/11, the United States Intelligence Community (IC) has undergone an extensive overhaul. Perhaps the greatest of these changes has been the formation of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. As a cabinet-level official, the Director oversees the various agencies of the IC and reports directly to the President. The IC today faces challenges as it never has before; everything from terrorism to pandemics to economic stability has now become an intelligence issue. As a result, the IC is shifting its focus to a world in which tech-savvy domestic and international terrorists, transnational criminal organizations, failing states, and economic instability are now a way of life.

Introduction to Intelligence Studies provides a comprehensive overview of intelligence and security issues, defining critical terms, and reviewing the history of intelligence as practiced in the United States. Designed in a practical sequence, the book begins with the basics of intelligence, progresses through its history, describes best practices, and explores the way the IC looks and operates today. Each chapter begins with objectives and key terms and closes with questions to test reader assimilation.

The authors examine the “pillars” of the American intelligence system—collection, analysis, counterintelligence, and covert operations—and demonstrate how these work together to provide “decision advantage.” The book provides equal treatment to the functions of the intelligence world—balancing coverage on intelligence collection, counterintelligence, information management, critical thinking, and decision-making. It also covers such vital issues as laws and ethics, writing and briefing for the IC, and the emerging threats and challenges that intelligence professionals will face in the future.


ialeia-journal-201108Integrating Intelligence Methods into Criminal Investigations: The Mississippi Approach to Solving Cold Cases.

The International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA) Journal (Volume 20, Number 1 — September 2011).

Dr. Carl Jensen, University of Mississippi; Whitney Nickels, Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.



Intelligence, Security Studies Center and London School Release “Beyond Rationality: Contemporary Issues” Book

Beyond-Rationality-Book-421x800-OXFORD, Miss. — The complex thinking patterns behind dictatorships, suicide terrorism and other irrational choices are examined in a new book co-edited by research center directors at the University of Mississippi and the London School of Economics and Political Science.

In “Beyond Rationality: Contemporary Issues” (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011), scholars from a variety of disciplines — including psychology, philosophy, business and criminal justice — explore the concept of “irrationality” in an increasingly complex world. Combining both theory and practice, the essays provide useful insights into why citizens often readily support people and systems that ultimately undermine civility and humanitarianism.

Carl Jensen, director of UM’s Center for Intelligence and Security Studies, and Rom Harré, director of the Centre for the Philosophy of Natural and Social Science at the London School of Economics, served as co-editors of the volume.

“Rom is a world-renowned scholar in a variety of disciplines and I was thrilled when he agreed to be an editor. As it turns out, he’s very down-to-earth, exceptionally easy to work with and a great story teller,” Jensen said. “In a world that appears increasingly chaotic and unpredictable, understanding the irrational is essential. We hope our book helps provide meaning for those in academe, as well as the general public.”

Walter Flaschka, CISS network administrator, designed the cover of the book, which features “The Children’s Khorovod” (also known as “Barmaley Fountain”) photographed by Emmanuil Evzerikhin during the Battle of Stalingrad in World War II.

“The statue is based on a poem by Korney Chukovsky about irrational fear and suspicion of the unknown,” Flaschka said. “Evzerikhm’s photograph captures the possibility of innocent and happy life and the catastrophe of war and violence.”

Since entering into a partnership in 2009, both centers have sponsored “Beyond Reality,” a series of conferences that yielded the essays included in the book. The partnership was due in large part to the collaborative work of Marie Barnard, assistant dean of UM’s School of Applied Sciences.

“This is an example of how CISS is partnering with the top scholars in the world to collaborate on investigations that delve into issues related to our nation’s security,” said Barnard, who is also executive director of CISS and research assistant professor of health promotion.

A senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corp., Jensen served as a special agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation for 22 years. In the FBI, he worked as a field agent in the Atlanta and Cleveland divisions, a forensic examiner in the FBI Laboratory and an instructor-researcher in the Behavioral Science Unit.

Previous positions Harré has held include distinguished research professor at Georgetown University, university lecturer in the Philosophy of Science at Oxford University and fellow at Linacre College. He has been a leading advocate of psychology as a moral science, pioneering the new approach of positioning theory.

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