I often get asked about the Books, Apps, Tools, Articles, and Movies I recommend to help people learn about intelligence…
And so, I’ve put together this resource list (which I’ll regularly update) to include a list of essential resources for Intelligence Professionals. Enjoy, and let me know if there’s something you would recommend for the Intelligence101 community.
Tools I Use Everyday:
Evernote – I use Evernote as my second brain. This application is great for intelligence analysts because it syncs with your phone and can be accessed online also. Often I’ll think of something work related and I can start a new note in Evernote and either email to myself at work, or check it by logging in online. Best of all, Evernote is great for Intelligence Analysts who work in a SCIF and can’t access their phone – just put your notes into Evernote and access online.
Dropbox – I keep all my work on the cloud, and use dropbox for backups also.
Voice Recorder – Having a portable voice recorder is an ESSENTIAL item for any good intelligence analyst. Whether you’re debriefing staff or Interviewing a source or witness; Every Intelligence Professional NEEDS a decent voice recorder.
Essential Hardware for Intelligence Professionals:
Lock Picking Set – Every Intelligence Professional needs a decent lock picking set. keep one in your backpack/briefcase and a second the car.
Tile Mate – Never lose anything again! Tile allows you to place a tag on your keys, wallet, Work ID or anything else prone to being misplaced or left somewhere and allows you to locate it using your phone. It’s basically a GPS tracker for your important stuff!
Pens – I always use a fine black uni-ball (eye) pen made by Mitsubishi Pencil Co. I’ve bought expensive pens before, and while they’re nice to have, ultimately I end up lending to someone or leave it somewhere. Pens should be disposable, and so I buy a pack of 10 uni-ball (eye) pens (always black) and have one where ever I go. Good Intelligence Analysts always have a pen and pad where ever they go.
Notebooks – I usually have a diary or moleskin notepad I keep on my desk and use it as a notebook at work. I also use the ‘rite in the rain’ water-proof notepads for use in the field or on operations. Yes, they’re sometimes expensive – but I they’re the best field notebook in my opinion.
NATO Military Stencils – I prefer the Faber-Castell military stencil for map marking and military symbols.
Books I Recommend:
By Way of Deception: The Making and Unmaking of a Mossad Officer by Victor Ostrovsky
Tiger Trap: Americas Secret War with China by David Wise
The Art and Science of Intelligence Analysis by Julian Richards
Structured Analytic Techniques for Intelligence Analysis by Richards Heuer
Intelligence Analysis: A Target-Centric Approach by Robert P Clark
Psychology of Intelligence Analysis by Richards Heuer
Handbook of Scientific Methods of Inquiry for Intelligence Analysis by Henry W. Prunckun
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
On War by Carl von Clausewitz
The Prince by Machiavelli
Go Spy the Land: Military Intelligence in History by Keith Neilson and B.J.C. Mckercher
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
Jihad: The Trail of Political Islam by Gilles Kepel
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Asking the Right Questions: A Guide to Critical Thinking by M. Neil Browne and Stuart M. Keeley.
Intelligence In War by John Keegan
Intelligence Analysis: How to Think in Complex Environments by Wayne Michael Hall and Gary Citrenbaum
The Tet Offensive: Intelligence Failure in War by James Wirtz
Analyzing Intelligence: Origins, Obstacles, and Innovations by Roger Z. George and James B. Bruce Editors
The Great Game: The Myth and Reality of Espionage by Frederick P. Hitz.
The Art of Intelligence: Lessons from a Life in CIA’s Clandestine Service by Henry A. Crumpton
Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Why Spy?: Espionage In An Age of Uncertainty by Frederick P. Hitz
‘How To’ Posts:
TV Shows / Series about Spies, Espionage, and Intelligence:
- The Assets
- The Americans
- The Game
Movies about Spies, Espionage, and Intelligence:
- Spy Game
- Bridge of Spies (2015)
- Body of Lies
- The Recruit
99 of the Best Intelligence Resources (Some You’ve Probably Never Heard Of) – FYI This is THE most popular post on the entire Intelligence101 Blog.
Audible – Obviously you’ll need a subscription to Audible to buy and download Audiobooks. If you don’t have an account yet, it’s easy to sign up. I love listening to audiobooks on the way to work and while driving.
Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy Seals Lead and Win by Jocko Willink
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