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Political Science discussion questions

Political Science discussion questions

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QUESTION 1

Which structured analytical technique is essentially the same as the political, economic, social, and technological (PEST) technique used in business analysis?

A.

Policy outcomes forecasting

B.

Structured analogies

C.

Outside-in thinking

D.

Predication markets

5 points

QUESTION 2

Which statement most accurately describes the difference between red team analysis and red hat analysis?

A.

Red team analysis is sometimes used as a synonym for any form of challenge analysis while red hat analysis is sometimes used as a synonym for any form of alternative analysis

B.

Red team analysis is a more traditional version of devil’s advocacy while red hat analysis is a modernized version of devil’s advocacy

C.

Red team analysis is used to challenge leadership’s conventional thinking while red hat analysis is used to better understand the behaviors and decision making processes of an adversary

D.

Red team analysis requires analysts with specific cultural sensitivities while red hat analysis requires analysts with specific psychological training

5 points

QUESTION 3

A businessman and businesswoman from different technology firms are having drinks at the hotel bar after a long day at a trade show where they just met for the first time. The businessman complains that he has been working long hours managing the development of a new software program that his boss has been breathing down his neck to complete by the end of the quarter. The businesswoman, who works in her firm’s competitive intelligence office, asks him what keeps holding him back from finishing the project. The businessman starts explaining all the issues he has been having getting the project completed. Which is the best term for the collection operation in which the businesswoman in engaged during the conversation?

A.

Elicitation

B.

Interrogation

C.

Debriefing

D.

Liaison

5 points

QUESTION 4

What is the one of the key functions of scenarios and indicators as a category of structured analytic techniques?

A.

To develop early warnings of some undesirable event paired with situational exercises to identify which possible scenario is most likely developing

B.

To record at the outset of a project what specific actions or events serve as thresholds for when an analyst must reconsider his or her positions

C.

To allow analysts to collaborate with developing and tracking the definition process while sharing their reasoning

D.

To identify differences in perspective and different assumptions among team or group members, and thus stimulate new ideas

5 points

QUESTION 5

A GEOINT analyst uses a digital elevation model (DEM) to produce a viewshed analysis showing every location with a direct line of sight to a specific spot in parking lot where undercover officers are planning to conduct a drug bust. To do this, the analyst uses a GIS to examine each pixel in the DEM and ask itself, “Can this pixel be seen from the specific spot in the parking lot based on the elevation values of all the pixels between this pixel and that spot?” If the answer is “yes”, the GIS places the value of ‘1’ in the pixel. If the answer is “no”, the GIS places a value of 0 in the pixel. Which method is being used to represent the geographic information visually?

A.

The vector method

B.

The geographic method

C.

The raster method

D.

The straight-line method

5 points

QUESTION 6

The eight categories of structured analytical techniques are:

A.

Decomposition, Idea generation, Scenario development, Hypothesis generation & testing, Assessment of effects, Challenge analysis, Conflict resolution, and Decision support

B.

Decomposition & visualization, Idea generation, Scenarios & indicators, Hypothesis generation & testing, Assessment of cause & effect, Challenge analysis, Conflict management, and Decision support

C.

Deconstruction & reconstitution, Idea generation, Product development, Critical thinking, Regression analysis, Challenge analysis, Conflict management, and Course of action generation

D.

Decomposition & visualization, Idea generation, Indicators and warnings, Analysis of competing hypotheses, Assessment of cause & effect, Challenge analysis, Conflict management, and Decision support

5 points

QUESTION 7

What did the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Knowledge Lab hypothesize regarding analysts’ willingness to post information to Intellipedia?

A.

That customer’s acceptance of incomplete information encouraged analysts to contribute to online information sharing forums

B.

That analysts are less likely to contribute when they believe the customer is better served with only the most complete information possible

C.

That analysts are more likely to contribute when they believe the analytical community benefits from negotiating the uncertainty of incomplete information

D.

That analysts’ organizational culture determined whether they would or would not provide information to those outside their organization

5 points

QUESTION 8

Which structured analytic technique requires establishing mutually-acceptable standards for resolving a dispute and employing an independent third-party to implement them?

A.

Adversarial collaboration

B.

Conflict management

C.

Structured debate

D.

Joint escalation

5 points

QUESTION 9

The office of the police commissioner is preparing its yearly budget requests, which includes funding for a new police station. You have just received instructions to identify where in the city the police station would be the most effectively located. You have responded to the request by asking for the commissioner’s crime reduction priorities to understand better what the police station’s operations would be expected to contribute to the city’s overall law enforcement profile. In which step of the intelligence cycle are you working?

A.

Collection

B.

Dissemination

C.

Processing

D.

Requirements and needs analysis

5 points

QUESTION 10

An analyst is working on an investigation in which a warrant has been secured to intercept telephone communications of the leader of a criminal organization. After having transcripts of the conversations translated into English from their original language, the analyst uses them to improve the quality of a social networking chart he has created describing the relationships between the members of the organization. Which phrase best describes his activity?

A.

TELINT tasking

B.

ELINT dissemination

C.

SIGINT processing

D.

COMINT exploitation

5 points

QUESTION 11

An intelligence collector has just written a report based on answering an intelligence requirement. Which term best describes the content of that report?

A.

Information

B.

Raw data

C.

Intelligence information

D.

Intelligence

5 points

QUESTION 12

An analyst works for a government organization monitoring research and development on encryption software conducted by a company controlled by a hostile government. Her organization believes the hostile government is planning on using the software to mask fund transfers in violation of an international trade embargo. Which term best describes the type of intelligence he is analyzing?

A.

Competitive intelligence

B.

Military intelligence

C.

Law enforcement intelligence

D.

National intelligence

5 points

QUESTION 13

An analyst reviews OSINT reports on a competitor’s job openings because the qualifications of the positions for which the competitor is hiring provide an indicator of new products and services the competitor is developing. Which terms best describes the type of intelligence she is analyzing?

A.

Competitive intelligence

B.

Military intelligence

C.

Law enforcement intelligence

D.

National intelligence

5 points

QUESTION 14

An analyst is attempting to determine the best location for traffic cameras in a city by cross-referencing multiple criteria against a map of the city’s road network. Which term best describes the type of analysis she is conducting?

A.

Geospatial analysis

B.

Social network analysis

C.

Regression analysis

D.

Coordinate systems analysis

5 points

QUESTION 15

Which structured analytic technique combines decomposition to break down the parts of a problem with forced association to compare each part with every other part?

A.

Diagnostic reasoning

B.

Morphological analysis

C.

Weighted ranking

D.

Structured brainstorming

5 points

QUESTION 16

A military intelligence analyst is deployed to a dynamic combat environment where her unit operates a detention facility at which HUMINT collectors routinely conduct interrogations. At the end of every day she produces a briefing for her unit leadership in which she regurgitates information directly from the intelligence information reports she receives from the HUMINT collectors. The quality of her analysis most likely suffers severely from:

A.

A lack of tasking

B.

The IRTPA problem

C.

The TPEDs problem

D.

A lack of attention to detail

5 points

QUESTION 17

An analyst needs to determine which variables explain levels of political violence in an area under her responsibility. She is not interested in how the explanatory variables might influence different parts of the area differently because the focus of her analysis is on the area as a whole. Which term best describes the regression analysis technique should she use?

A.

Geographic weighted regression

B.

Ordinary least squares regression

C.

Inverse distance weighted regression

D.

Average nearest neighbor regression

5 points

QUESTION 18

An analyst works in a dynamic, tactical environment where she feels constant pressure to produce immediate results. She knows host of techniques that can probably do several of her common tasks better than the few she uses on a regular basis, but she feels she will fall behind the power curve if she has to learn new tools. Which term best describes the common error she has fallen into for selecting analytical techniques?

A.

College or graduate-school recipe

B.

Convenience shopping

C.

Tool rut

D.

Time constraints

5 points

QUESTION 19

You have been tasked to produce an intelligence product showing areas of the city where citizens feel vulnerable to crime. To do this, you produced a hotspot analysis of crime based on police records over the last three years. Which analytical standard did you neglect?

A.

Independence from political considerations

B.

Objectivity

C.

Reliance on multiple intelligence sources

D.

Timeliness

5 points

QUESTION 20

A criminal intelligence analyst working for the Texas Rangers has started a new project supporting an investigation. Based on this information, which statement best describes an assumption we can make about the nature of the analyst’s work?

A.

The analyst is serving in a multi-agency unit, most likely at a Joint Terrorism Task Force, under the oversight of the FBI

B.

The analyst’s agency has a compelling reason to believe that a crime either has taken place or will take place in the future

C.

The analyst is supporting the investigation because the results of his or her work is not subject to legal scrutiny

D.

The analyst’s agency is searching for any information indicating that a crime either has already or will take place in the future

5 points

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