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Sociocultural Intelligence : A New Discipline in Intelligence Studies - Kerry Patton

Sociocultural Intelligence

A New Discipline in Intelligence Studies

Paperback Published: 16th September 2010
ISBN: 9781441155313
Number Of Pages: 224

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This new discipline proposes a systematic understanding of the customs, moral attitudes, and cultures of foreign populations to enhance the efficacy of national security initiatives. The book offers an in-depth analysis and conceptualization of a much needed intelligence discipline, Sociocultural intelligence (SOCINT). SOCINT means observing and analyzing such elements as the land, the people, and their communities. Customs, moral attitudes, and culture of foreign population are integrated into the analysis of the information gathered to maximize the efficiency of security initiatives. A key tool in intelligence and covert operations, SOCINT can mostly be used for non-lethal operations that require a thorough understanding of networks and systems. Simply, by understanding the behavioral aspects of relationships and systems, we will have a greater opportunity for 'success' by knowing who, what, where, when, why, and how to influence within the systems themselves. Not only a tool for war fighting, SOCINT is needed for multiple uses, such as law enforcement operations and business. Written by an international expert, this unique book combines theoretical analysis with practical application to present and advocate for the systematic use of SOCINT to students and practitioners in intelligence studies, intelligence communities, and national security. "The Continuum Intelligence Studies Series" presents new research to enhance both the study and practice of intelligence. The volumes in CITS will focus on theory, concepts, teaching methods, new research, methodologies, best practices, and more across all fields of intelligence studies. The focus will be on contemporary issues and new research. Composed of coursebooks, monographs, practical guides, and reference works written by scholars and experts, the series is geared toward students in intelligence and security studies, as well as practitioners and policymakers.

Author Kerry Patton was interviewed by Jamie Colby on Fox News Live on 5 July discussing the just-released 2011 National Counterterrorism Strategy.
"Kerry Patton has a passion for improving the security of our country, and for improving how we carry out a vital mission in the Global War on Terror. Patton has had his boots on the ground, squatted in the dust, ate goat with his hands, and imbibed the culture of our allies and enemies. He does a valuable service in opening the discussion of applying anthropology (the study of culture) to our greater National Security needs. This work should be just the first salvo in the battle to confirm the justness of Kerry's approach. We cannot allow misguided academics to take away a valuable tool in our efforts to do the right thing." Kent Clizbe, Cross-cultural Humint Expert, Educator, and Commentator
"Kerry Patton provides an in-depth, much needed, and fully analyzed proposal for a newly instituted intelligence discipline known as SOCINT. After operating and living with local Afghans, his supporting evidence matches that which Major General Michael Flynn recently described in his works Fixing Intel: A Blueprint for Making Intelligence Relevant in Afghanistan. With billions of dollars expended and lives of America's finest continuously endangered, there is no better time to incorporate a "Sociocultural Intelligence" discipline in defeating asymmetrical threats. MUST READ!" Thomas G. McInerney, Lt. Gen. USAF (Ret)
"Patton puts forward an interesting proposal that can improve multidimensional intelligence analysis by focusing on those "hidden" social and cultural aspects we currently ignore. It is clear we need a new type of intelligence officer and decision-maker that appreciate the value of these intangibles and then commit themselves on collecting, analyzing and acting upon them in our quest for understanding, and solving the world's problems." Dalene Duvenage, CEO, 4Knowledge Analysis Solutions, South Africa.

List of Acronyms
Theories of Sociocultural Intelligence
Understanding Guerilla Warfare for Incorporation of Sociocultural Intelligence
Identification of Sociocultural Intelligence (SOCINT)
The Uniqueness of SOCINT
The Incorporation of SOCINT
The Historical Implementation of SOCINT
The Needs for SOCINT Today
Current Research on Sociocultural Intelligence
Counterinsurgency: The People's Wars
Reliance on Technical Intelligence:
Analysts in Today's Intelligence System
The Guillotine of Perception
Tools to Observe
Selling the Concept
Changes in the IC
Internal Overreaction
External Overreaction
Professional Practice in Socio Cultural Intelligence
Understanding How We View Ourselves: The Exercise
Case Study: Afghanistan
The People
Mohammed's Shop
Travels Through Hell
Paying for Crime
Jailed by the Taliban
A Taste of Freedom
The Afghan Wedding
Taking on New Responsibilities
Learning through Listening
Ethics In Sociocultural Intelligence
Understanding Ethics within Sociocultural Intelligence
The Ethical Realities of Understanding Ourselves Internally
The Ethical Realities of Understanding Ourselves Externally
The Ethical Realities of Understanding Others
Ethical Realities to Understanding How Others View Us: The Why of Afghanistan
Current Research in Understanding Ethics within Sociocultural Intelligence
The Ethical Intelligence Reality Check
The Art of Ethical Collection
The Ethical Tasks of the Sociocultural Intelligence Operative
Leadership Roles in the Ethical Elements of SOCINT
Critical Thinking and Sociocultural Intelligence
The Needs for Critical Thinking within Sociocultural Intelligence
Critical Thinking versus Analysis
Technology Dependency
Filling the Gaps of Critical Thought
The Critical Thought Process
Time and Thought
Good Will Hunting Syndrome
Cause and Effect
Incorporation of Critical Thought in SOCINT
Current Research in Critical Thinking and Analysis with Sociocultural Intelligence
Sociocultural Intelligence Signs
The Systematic Approach to Understanding
Current Issues with Critical Thinking within the IC
Additional Tools for Critical Thinking and Sociocultural Intelligence
The Joint Environment and its Hindrance on Critical Thought
Intelligence Analysis For Sociocultural Intelligence
Intelligence Analysis for Sociocultural Intelligence
Linking Everything to Something
Picturing the Link
Netting the Sociocultural Elements
Current Research for Analysis with Sociocultural Intelligence
The Sociocultural Intelligence Analyst
Grabbing the Indicators
The Differences of Analysis
Using Pre-existing Methodologies
It's Only History, Not Analysis
Educate Analysts for Success
Initiative, Understanding, and A Little Thought
Change in Culture
The Political Movements Within
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ISBN: 9781441155313
ISBN-10: 1441155317
Series: Continuum Intelligence Studies
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 16th September 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.6  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1