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DoD senior analyst H.A. Ford to teach intelligence analysis this fall

Dr. H.A. Ford, a senior analyst in the U.S. Department of Defense, will teach IWP’s course on Estimative Intelligence Analysis and Epistemology (IWP 652) this fall.

“Dr. Ford is in the advance guard of the next generation of scholar-practitioner authorities in the field of intelligence,” says John Lenczowski, IWP founder and president. “Her arrival on the IWP faculty portends the continuing excellence of our school at the cutting edge of intelligence studies.”

Dr. Ford is looking forward to translating her real-world experience to the classroom.

“My goal for this course is to give students an understanding of the key elements, challenges, and cognitive issues of estimative intelligence analysis,” she comments. “To do this, we’ll rely heavily on authentic materials such as declassified US intelligence products, as well as specialized secondary materials. As we progress through the course, we’ll examine a variety of issues that can affect the accuracy, timeliness, quality, and relevance of intelligence information and analysis, particularly as it relates to statecraft, national security strategy, weapons development, and military planning and operations.

“However, my goal with the course is also to give students an awareness of the techniques for improving analysis and overcoming cognitive biases, which are valuable tools not only for students aspiring to careers in the intelligence community but also for those seek to join the government and private sectors in a variety of roles.”

A specialist on the Middle East, Dr. Ford holds a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D in Middle East Studies, and looks forward to contributing to the Institute’s Middle East offerings in future semesters.