Institute for National Security Analysis

The Institute for National Security Analysis (INSA) seeks to engage the security and analytical communities in government and private industry with the most relevant analytic methods through original research, curriculum development, presentations and publications, and placement of aspiring analysts into positions in the intelligence field. INSA partners include government agencies and private corporations seeking to improve the breadth and depth of their analytic methods and the rigor of their analytical workforce.

Our nation's greatest national security asset is also its most neglected: the reasoning methods of our analysts, strategists and decision makers. The fundamental purpose of the Institute for National Security Analysis is to help transform our national reasoning so it can more adeptly engage unexplored, complex and multidimensional challenges with innovative, rigorous and transdisciplinary methods to produce proactive, reliable and integrated solutions.

Most external support for the defense, homeland security and intelligence communities (from academia or business) offer one of three types of assistance:

By contrast, INSA offers support for the most central element of defense, homeland security and intelligence analysis: the cognitive process by which analysts reason to well-justified conclusions for their decision makers. The majority of intelligence failures evolve from errors in the reasoning process of analysts. That reasoning process is typically taken for granted in favor of technology, policy, or specialized subject matter expertise. Hence, most external organizations operate by telling analysts what to think, but INSA seeks to support them by educating analysts how to think.





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