The art of analyzing intelligence really isn’t an “art” at all. It’s a calculated process not based on “gut feelings” or hairs standing on the back of your neck. Professional analysts consume a lot of information from many sources before they can make educated estimates about domestic and global events.
Each bit of information forms another piece of a puzzle that you must piece together in order to produce an accurate analysis of future events or potential events. This isn’t fortune-telling; it’s calculated analysis of available information that allows you form of a picture of what can happen if the available data is extrapolated out to logical conclusions.
To get started:
1) Consume a lot of information on a daily basis;
2) Read more than just what you’re “comfortable” with (for instance, the Washington Post may hate Donald Trump so it’s political coverage is biased, but its national security reporting is actually pretty good and generally accurate);
3) Gather data and information from lots of sources, including foreign sources.
The age of the Internet has made all this easier – and more difficult – to help you analyze current events. I know that sounds contradictory, so let me explain. (RELATED: As The Financial Collapse Approaches, Should You Go All-In On Gold And Silver?)
With the Internet, people now have access to massive streams of information previously unavailable to them simply because they could not physically possess it. For instance, before the advent of the modern commercial Internet, it was virtually impossible to read a newspaper report from media in Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, Russia, Europe or South America unless you were a subscriber. Now, with the Internet, you can access information from any news source that publishes online (and nearly all of them do).
But that is part of the problem: Too much information is available. There are literally millions of new news reports being published online daily, and that number only increases every month as new sites go online. That presents a problem in and of itself – information overload.
Because of the overload, it then becomes necessary to hone in on specific topics of interest – proliferation of nuclear weapons; the global economy (banking, currency, trade); current events; political unrest, etc. — while winnowing down the number of news sources you check daily to those that have proven, over time, to frequently provide the most reliable information. (Become an “expert” on a topic, and challenge your fellow preppers who are also concerned about the future to do the same thing, each picking a different subject of course.)
In this way, you can begin to control the flow of data you are consuming, trust that it’s accurate, and thus give you quality information to dissect and analyze it for clues, trends, and key data.