Analytic Writing, Reporting, Briefs, and Dissemination

The Treadstone 71 Analytic Writing, Reporting and Dissemination course cover 3 days of intensive writing training, exercises, peer reviews, briefings and reviews, report types and dissemination techniques.  We follow the intelligence community and proven academic methods validated and verified through years of execution. The course covers non-inclusively:

  • Analytic Writing, Reports and Briefs

    • Introduction
    • Heuristics and the Incredible Chunk
    • Speaking and Writing, News and Knowledge
    • Writing Schemes and Cognitive Overload
    • Creativity and the Conceptual Front End
    • Analytic Writing
    •               Reference Materials
    •               Principles of Analytic Writing
    •               Writing Basics
    •                            Conciseness
    •                            Credibility
    •                            Messaging
    •                            Active Voice
    •                            Words and Wording
    •                            Sentences
    •                            Paragraph Review
    •                            Confidence Wording
    •                            Probability wording
    •               Standard Formatting
    •                            BLUF and AIMS
    •               Addressing Focal Questions
    •               Knowing your Stakeholder
    •                            Stakeholder Checklist
    •                            Relevance and Alignment to the Intelligence Requirements
    •               Key Questions to Organize your Product
    •               Getting Started Checklist
    •               The Analytic Line of March
    •               Preparing your writing
    •               Rules for Effective Writing
    •               Implications
    •               A Writing Template
    •               Concept Outline
    •               Analytic Writing Process
    •                            Flow and Content
    •                            Analytic Inconsistencies
    •                            Ambiguous Terms
    •                            Comparisons
    •                            Graphics
    •                            Sequence of Events
    •                            Bullets
    •                            Strength of Supporting Information
    •                            Your Objective
    •                            Small to Large
    •                            Doctrine
    •               Common Grammar Offenses
    •               The W Questions
    •               Do not!
    •               Losing your Reader
    •               Clear Linkages
    •               Analytic Coherence
    •               Citations and Bibliography
    •               Setting up Microsoft Word
    • Reporting
    •               Categories of Finished Intelligence
    •               Detailed Reports
    •               Advisory Reports
    •               Situation Reports
    •               Sensitive Information Reports
    •               Estimative Reports
    •               Forecasting
    •               STEMPLES Plus
    •               Email
    •               Follow-ups
    • FLASH Precedence
    • Editing Process
    •               Drafts
    •               Review process
    •                            Review cycles
    •               Peer Review Rubric
    •                            Quality of Information
    •                            Sources
    •                            Evidence and Examples
    •                            Sequencing
    •                            Voice
    •                            Analysis
    • Briefs
    •               Introduction
    •               Body of the Brief
    •               Conclusion
    •               Adversary Brief
    •               Current Intelligence Brief
    •               Operational Intelligence Brief
    •               Event Brief
    •               Intelligence Estimate
    •               Executive Brief
    •               Stakeholder Brief
    • Briefings
    • Presentational Methods
    • Feedback Loop 

Students receive focused training with hands-on practice using templates and exercises that leave the student ready to write for intelligence analysis. There is a rhythm and flow to analytic writing. We help you establish the flow during the class giving you the confidence needed to author analytic products while delivering clear, concise, and effective briefings.

The course runs over 3 days and includes 24 CPEs.

Lecture, Hands-on, Apprenticeship, in class exercises, student presentations, templates, course material—24 CPEs 3-days

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