Challenges of Today’s Intelligence Analysts to Protect the HomelandToday, analysts are dealing with multiple threats and a wider range of issues that impact our nation’s security
By James Green, Jr., American Military University
The world we live in today is far different from the one that existed when I began my intelligence career 44 years ago. Intelligence issues were much simpler then, and there was less data and information to analyze. Although the nation was engaged in a Cold War with the Soviet Union, our intelligence resources were sufficient to keep track of our adversary’s capabilities.
Today, analysts are dealing with multiple threats and a wider range of issues that impact our nation’s security. While numerous intelligence gathering components support our national security efforts, our analytical workforce is being inundated by the harvest. We’ve also witnessed the proliferation of the Internet and social media sites, as well as the evolution of high-tech electronic devices, including smartphones and tablets, none of which existed in 1970.
The common thread between these two vastly different eras is the fact that accurate, reliable and actionable intelligence for our President and senior policy makers, is as vital today as it was back then.