The Importance of Why: An Intelligence Approach for a Multi-Polar World
Joint Forces Staff College Norfolk United States
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The Joint Force must develop a cognitive approach to intelligence consistent with the characteristics of the contemporary environment. Joint doctrine reflects processes maximized for Cold War adversaries. This methodology is a deductive process best suited for traditional state armed conflicts. An analysis of the joint function of intelligence, from its genesis in World War I to through the post-Cold War era demonstrates that the existing approach to intelligence is obsolete. To align the intelligence approach with the environmental characteristics, the Joint Force must educate intelligence practitioners in complexity theory, advance inductive and abductive cognitive methods, and employ advanced analytic techniques.