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Dr. Noel Hendrickson is Director of the Institute for National Security Analysis. He also serves as Assistant Professor in the Information Analysis Program at James Madison University. The purpose of that program is to educate a new generation of intelligence analysts to engage multidimensional challenges with the most rigorous and innovative methods of analysis. As part of this program, he developed and now teaches a series of courses in advanced reasoning methods for defense and intelligence analysis including “Hypothesis Testing,” “Causal Analysis,” “Counterfactual Reasoning,” and “Strategy Assessment”.

He earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin in 2002. His early research focused on the structure and explanation of human action (especially how to understand the contingencies of decision-making). His more recent work has been developing new approaches to critical thinking for analyzing information in the national security context. In addition to articles on action theory and critical thinking, he is the author of Counterfactual Reasoning: A Basic Guide for Analysts, Strategists, and Decision-Makers, Army War College, 2008; a co-author of Rowman and Littlefield's Handbook of Critical Thinking, Rowman and Littlefield, 2008. He is currently writing a comprehensive work on reasoning methods for intelligence analysts, and cowriting Digital Logic and Critical Thinking for Pearson Prentice Hall.


Operations Coordinator

Ms. Amy Ballard serves as the Operations Coordinator for the Institute for National Security Analysis at James Madison University (JMU). She manages the Institute's student researchers, external partnernships, and conferences. In addition to her role as Operations Coordinator, Ms. Ballard assists students in the Information Analysis program to strengthen their analytic writing, presenting, and job-seeking skills. 

Ms. Ballard received her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Promotion from Coastal Carolina University in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and her Masters degree in Public Administration from James Madison University. Ms. Ballard is a member of Eta Sigma Gamma (National Professional Health Honor Society), and Phi Sigma Sigma sorority.