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Intelligence Analysis, Chimps & Hammers

There’s an old adage that states that “To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail”. It’s sometimes known as ‘Maslow’s Hammer’ or ‘the Law of the Instrument’, but perhaps the most entertaining variant is the use of the term “Birmingham Screwdriver” to describe a sledge-hammer. Sure enough, if you’ve just spent the…

Quote Churchill Unquote

There are a terrible lot of lies going around the world, and the worst of it is half of them are true.

Mr Crosby, “AskInt” and Deception

There’s a nice story here, told by David Niven to Lady Diana Cooper about an innovative intelligence operation in WW2. I can’t vouch for its veracity of course but it’s a nice story.  It can be found in the book “Darling Monster“, the letters of Diana Cooper to her son, John Julius Norwich. The story…

Hanlon’s Razor

I’ve made my views about conspiracy theorists clear in a few earlier posts.  While not quite at the level of  conspiracy theories I have often seen intelligence analyses that assess certain actions as being malicious actions by individuals when the evidence is not there  I’ve seen it too in business. I think this is often…

A Secret Message Competition

The following quote contains a secret message. It’s not too tricky. See what will be seen on the mystery of identity in yesterday’s light.  The first person to decode it gets a lunch on me. She should have died hereafter There would have been a time for such a word Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow Creeps in…

Friday Humour

It’s been a long week, so some fun. XKCD has this substitution table for spicing up news reports: So it got me thinking about a substitution table to use with Intelligence Analysis reports. Feel free to add your own in the comments. Militants = Clowns with red noses and big floppy shoes Firefight = hog…

Pedantry fun at DSEI

Amid all the fun of the arms fair DSEI, here’s a bit of a laugh. People often get the spelling and meaning of “moral” and “morale” wrong.  There’s a grenade on display here at the Arms fair described as a “moral effect grenade”.  I’m guessing that when it is initiated everyone in a 25ft radius starts…

The Absolute Truth

Some things are more important than intelligence. Truthfully, this is one of them. Beautiful analysis, that might not change your life but could certainly change your day. Not many IMSL blog posts can make you salivate, but this is one.  

The Language We Use

I recently had an issue with the mains lighting in my house. Upon conducting (no pun intended) a first line analysis of related fault-finding videos and forums online, I quickly concluded that this issue was far beyond my technical grasp and that I would need to call in the experts. And that is what I…

The Nine Billion Names of God

Here at IMSL we believe. We believe in the Intelligence Cycle.  Capital I, Capital C, Capital idea. The intelligence cycle means that we provide our clients with the things they need, in a timely way, in an optimal way and with the inherent quality control that close engagement generates. But, in general terms, God doesn’t…