Personality Conditions That Optimise Intelligence Analysis

By Roger Davies / 22 February 2014 / In the News, Intel Analysis, Psychology of Intelligence

There’s an interesting article here describing, allegedly, how an Israeli military IMINT organisation uses soldiers with autistic traits for imagery analysis, because their condition supposedly helps them conduct the task of spotting visual anomalies.   It makes me wonder what other traits, disorders or conditions in humans could have extra applicability to other intelligence disciplines.  One might think that someone with paranoia might be useful (to a degree) in the world of counter-intelligence.

I can also think of the opposite – I can recall one particular HUMINT specialist who by any definition was a complete sociopath.

One comment on Personality Conditions That Optimise Intelligence Analysis

  1. Panjandrum

    For what it’s worth, it’s almost a cliché that, unlike the Israelis, the British Army seems to regard it as an entertaining challenge to identify people’s skillsets and go to immesurable lengths to ensure that they are not used.

    This is probably based on the conviction that a natural predisposition to a task constitutes some form of unfair advantage over ones’ colleagues, and this runs contrary to the True British Sporting Spirit.

    For example, it is frequently alleged that those with polyglot fluency in exotic languages are deployed to places where their language skills are of the least possible use, whilst only the most bone-headedly obstinate of soldiers with an innate loathing of foreign languages are sent off to become linguists.

    Damn these Israelis and their sneaky, underhand and ungentlemanly tactics.


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