Cia Research Papers

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CIA University is pleased to make available this electronic archive of articles and indexes on the profession of intelligence. The articles are taken from CIA’s 50-year old professional journal, Studies in Intelligence, and from a new series of papers produced by the Sherman Kent School of Intelligence Analysis entitled Kent Center Occasional Papers. The archive includes over 600 of the unclassified and declassified articles that have been published in Studies and nine Occasional Papers. As resources permit, more articles will be included in later releases of this index/archive database.

Intelligence trailblazer Sherman Kent—the ‘father’ of intelligence analysis in America—created Studies in 1955 as a journal for intelligence professionals. In the first article published in Studies, Kent called for the creation of a literature that would support the development of intelligence as a professional discipline. He said, “As long as this discipline lacks a literature, its method, its vocabulary, its body of doctrine, and even its fundamental theory run the risk of never reaching full maturity.” Kent believed that the most important service such a literature could perform would be to record and disseminate new ideas and experiences, and build toward a cumulative understanding of the profession.

We trust that this reference tool will be a valuable resource for students, scholars, and practitioners alike as they contribute to the ongoing fulfillment of Sherman Kent’s vision of intelligence as a mature discipline, anchored in an expanding professional literature.


Using the index/archive system:

Four tools are included to facilitate understanding of the content of the analysis and operations articles in this database and to enable readers to navigate quickly to the material they seek:

  1. An Subject Index, which contains over 850 topical entries on intelligence operations subjects.

  2. An Author Title Index, which provides an alphabetical listing of each author and title indexed in the two subject indexes and a précis of each article.

  3. The Web site's full-text, key word search capability, which may be used to search the articles.

The indexes can also be searched using the Web browser's "Find" (Ctrl +F) function.


Navigating the system:

  1. The page numbers in the indexes are hyperlinked to the articles. Clicking on the page number leads to either the first page of the article in the author/title index or to the first page where the topic is mentioned in the subject indexes.

  2. Page citations for Studies articles follow the format: Stud. Intel. Volume: Issue-Page(s). Thus, Stud. Intel. V24: 3-1–9 should be read as Studies in Intelligence Volume 24, Issue 3, Page(s) 1 through 9. On occasion, the Volume: Issue citation is replaced by the name and date of the issue (e.g., Fall/Winter 2001).

  3. Page citations for Kent Center Occasional Papers follow the format: Kent Cen. Occ. Pap. Volume: Number-Page(s). Thus Kent Cen. Occ. Pap. 1:1-1–8 should be read as Kent Center Occasional Paper Volume 1, Number 1, Page(s) 1 through 8.

  4. Printing or downloading articles from the author/title index and individual pages from the subject indexes is accomplished by clicking on the "PDF" link located next to each page citation link. The clearest copy of photographs and other graphics is also often available in the PDF version of each article.


Commenting on the index/archive:

Comments or questions on this database are encouraged and may be submitted via the Web site's e-mail form or by phone, fax, or mail as detailed on the Contact CIA page.


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