Intelligence Operations

Understanding Data, Tools, People, and Processes (First Edition)
Erik Kleinsmith
©2020, 348 pages

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    Intelligence Operations: Understanding Data, Tools, People, and Processes helps readers understand the various issues and considerations an intelligence professional must tackle when reviewing, planning, and managing intelligence operations, regardless of level or environment.

    The book opens by introducing the reader to the many defining concepts associated with intelligence, as well as the main subject of intelligence: the threat. Additional chapters examine the community of intelligence, revealing where intelligence is actually practiced, as well as what defines and characterizes intelligence operations. Readers learn about the four critical components to every intelligence operation—data, tools, people, and processes—and then explore the various operational and analytic processes involved in greater detail. Throughout, the text encourages discovery and discussion, urging readers to first understand the material, then break it down, adapt it, and apply it in a way that supports their particular operations or requirements.

    Unique in approach and designed to assist professionals at all levels, Intelligence Operations is an excellent resource for both academic courses in the subject and practical application by intelligence personnel.

    Erik Kleinsmith is Associate Vice President for Strategic Relations in Intelligence, National, Homeland and Cyber Security for American Military University. Culminating his military career as Chief of Intelligence for the U.S. Army’s Land Information Warfare Activity, Erik pioneered the development of asymmetric threat analysis using data mining technology. In this capacity, he gained national prestige related to his involvement in the Able Danger program as the military lead of a team of analysts profiling and mapping Al Qaeda prior to 9/11. Erik continued his career in intelligence as a defense contractor, managing intelligence training with the U.S. Army for over a decade. His areas of expertise include intelligence, security-related training and analysis, counterintelligence, and information operations.
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    Adopting instructors will receive essay examination questions for each chapter of the textbook that can be used for assessment or in-class discussion, as well as three term paper topics.
    “This is an excellent and highly innovative textbook and reference resource on the components involved in managing intelligence operations. The author, a former U.S. Army intelligence officer, draws on his extensive military experience, and, later, his career as a developer of courses on intelligence in the private sector and academia, to introduce the reader to significant concepts associated with intelligence as well as the primary focus of intelligence, i.e., the threat. To examine these issues, the volume covers the four components involved in intelligence operations, i.e., the data, tools, people, and then processes, with the various operational and analytic processes examined in greater detail."
    An excerpt from Joshua Sinai’s review in Perspectives on Terrorism
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    Read Joshua Sinai’s review of Intelligence Operations: Understanding Data, Tools, People, and Processes in the August 2020 Counterterrorism Bookshelf column in the online journal Perspectives on Terrorism.

    Listen to Erik Kleinsmith’s interview with the Federal News Network, in which he speaks about the importance of inclusion and diversity in the intelligence community as a means to offset personal bias.