HOLLIFIELD, VICTOR RAY
The intelligence process follows clear steps that help the relevant agencies and practitioners to gather the information and data needed to address and understand a particular issue or problem of interest. The process follows different steps where specific actions are taken to ensure that the intended goals are realized (Shi, 2011). The primary stages of intelligence process include …show more content…
In the analysis phase, an attempt is made to carefully look at the information and determine how well it fits together (Pellissier & Nenzhelele, 2013). The process entails identifying how the information can help the consumer to understand what has happened, the involved parties, what is likely to occur in the future, and how it will affect the country. Accurate and timely intelligence analysis is very critical to the security of a nation and the well-being of its citizens. This argument is based on the fact that accurate intelligence analysis leads to the generation of reports and insights that can protect the nation from security threats and mitigate criminal activities (Pellissier & Nenzhelele, 2013). Therefore, intelligence analysts are always expected to produce timely and accurate data and information that law enforcement departments can use to prevent possible crimes and threats from arising. In this regards, intelligence analysis process is a strategic and critical component of the intelligence process. The consumer can play a role in this stage by letting the analyst know the nature of the information that needs to be presented and the direction, which the analysis should take. In the dissemination step, on the other hand, the consumer uses the information that is provided by the intelligence agencies to come up with final findings and determine the …show more content…
The process entails extracting knowledge from large datasets to identify hidden relationships (Keyvanpour et al., 2011). In most cases, the process involves using artificial intelligence methods to analyze data and determine the relationships between data sets. It is also important to state that data mining focuses on helping analysts to understand the content and meaning of big data. It is usually based on a wide range of processes and methods. Data mining entails extracting, transforming, and loading big data into a central data management and retrieval system (Keyvanpour et al., 2011). The stored data is then managed and analyzed carefully using various tools such as application software to identify the patterns and trends in the data set. In the analyzing process, the goal is to help in gathering information and insights that can be used to solve a puzzle or problem of interest. Once the analyzing is completed, the findings need to be presented in a useful format such as graphs and tables that can be understood by other members of the intelligence community. In addition, the findings can be made accessible to various intelligence agencies and groups in the country to help in managing and mitigating security threats and problems.