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Applying Activity-Based Intelligence (ABI) Methods



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5 Days


About This Course: In this course, you gain the foundational knowledge for integrating ABI methods and concepts into your analytic practice. You identify and develop low-signature targets and activities of interest by applying the “Four Pillars” of ABI. Additionally, you expand your analytic capabilities beyond traditional All-Source methods, integrating them with best practices for big data analytics.

You Will Learn How To

  • Expand your analytic capabilities
  • Prepare your data to overcome challenges, resource limitations and address new questions at the speed of mission
  • Uncover Patterns of Life (PoL) using ABI techniques
  • Apply the Four Pillars of ABI

Course Outline

  • Key Factors Impacting the Practice of Intelligence
  • Technology
  • Methodology
  • Data
  • Mission
  • Culture
  • Cognition

Intelligence analysis: A special type of work

  • Thinking, writing, speaking and imagining
  • Our brains as our most valuable tool
  • Thinking About Thinking

Analysis as forecasting and modeling

  • Achieving excellence in forecasting
  • Modeling Pattern of Life (PoL)
  • ABI as judgemental bootstrapping

Forecasting and cognitive style

  • Cognitive style assessment
  • Cognitive style and Subject Matter Expertise
  • ABI as an Analytic Methodology

A strategy for addressing concurrent analytic challenges

  • Overcoming data sparseness
  • Lack of signature
  • Volume
  • Resolution
  • Confidence

Why activity is important?

  • Tuning for richness and volume
  • Creating an avenue for data discovery
  • Uncovering "unknown-unknowns"
  • Thinking About Data

Characterizing data types

  • Analyzing human-generated data
  • Understanding machine-generated data

Activity-based perspective on data

  • Understanding the source vs. extracting the insight
  • The power of metadata
  • Analyzing data vs. information vs. knowledge

Optimizing resource allocation

  • Focusing data acquisition resources on activity
  • Forecasting as an enabler of resource allocation
  • Knowing when and where to look for activity
  • Preparing Your Data

Georeference to discover

  • Identifying spatial cues in diverse data streams
  • Applying tools to extract spatial features

Integrate before exploit

  • Categorizing data by activity type
  • Unlocking connections across data types through multi-layered preprocessing
  • Optimizing exploitation
  • Discovering Correlations through Spatiotemporal Analysis

Sequence Neutrality

  • Enabling visual data discovery
  • Applying constraints and filters
  • Assembling context around the subject

Data Neutrality

  • Using locations to uncover context
  • Linking data through activity
  • "Who-where-who?" / "Where-who-where?"
  • Developing Hypotheses and Assessments

Modeling Behavior

  • What are models?
  • Forming your hypothesis
  • Testing your hypothesis

Reasoning styles

  • Deductive
  • Inductive
  • Abductive
  • Production and Briefing

Developing ABI Products

  • Depicting PoL
  • Conveying activities of human networks with clarity
  • Communicating in static vs. dynamic formats

Delivering ABI results to stakeholders

  • The art of storytelling
  • Communicating to decision makers
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Course Schedule

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Training Hours

Standard Course Hours: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
*Informal discussion with instructor about your projects or areas of special interest: 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

FREE Online Course Exam (if applicable) – Last Day: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
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  • Have a record of your growth and learning results.
  • Bring proof of your progress back to your organization
  • Earn credits toward industry certifications (if applicable)
  • Make progress toward one or more Learning Tree Specialist & Expert Certifications (if applicable)

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Earn 29 Credits from NASBA

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