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Writing to the Analytic Tradecraft Standards II

The third course in this series examines the last five Analytic Tradecraft Standards and how to apply them to written intelligence analysis products. Gaining a better understanding of these analytic tradecraft standards will help improve the quality of your written products in support of your customers.

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About This Course

In this course we will describe five of the nine Tradecraft Standards developed by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), Intelligence Community Directive (ICD) 203. In the "Writing to Analytic Tradecraft Standards I" course we covered standards 1 - 4.

In this course we will cover standards 5 - 9:

ATS 5 - Relevance: Achieving Relevance in Defense Intelligence
ATS 6 - Argumentation: Presenting Clear and Logical Arguments
ATS 7 - Analytic Line
ATS 8 - Argumentation
ATS 9 - Visualization

What You'll Learn
Demonstrate understanding of the relationship of the last five analytic tradecraft standards:

  1. ATS 5 - Explain the importance of creating relevant analytic products.
  2. ATS 6 - Demonstrate the ability to develop and present clear and logical arguments in analytic products.
  3. ATS 7 - Demonstrate why it is important to acknowledge and convey analytic change or consistency with previous analytic products.
  4. ATS 8 - Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of accuracy in analytic products.
  5. ATS 9 - Demonstrate an understanding of why visualization is important to analytic products.
Learning about these standards will provide additional preparation and development of your analytic products to ICD 203 standards. It will also improve the quality of your reasoning with respect to the intelligence question you are answering for your customers.


ICIC103 - Writing to the Analytic Tradecraft Standards I is a pre-requisite course before taking ICIC104.

Course Staff

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Dr. J. Keith Dunbar

Dr. J. Keith Dunbar is a former U.S. Navy intelligence officer whose career culminated with a tour of duty at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) as a training program manager for its Academy of Defense Intelligence. Dr. Dunbar is a learning strategy, leadership development, integrated talent management, instructional design, e-learning, and content delivery expert. He has taught intelligence analysis courses for the Navy and DIA.

Dr. Dunbar’s academic credentials include a Doctorate degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master's degree in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University, and a Bachelor's degree in naval and political science at the University of New Mexico. He has also completed graduate certificate programs from the executive education program at the UPenn Wharton School of Business in business leader engagement, learning technology, and organizational leadership.

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