Analytic Objectivity Symposium Sponsored by US Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence

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Analytic Objectivity Symposium

7 September 2016, MITRE Corporation, McLean, VA

See below for the agenda of the 7 Sept 2016 symposium on analytic objectivity organized by the US Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence. A link to the flyer (and registration site) is here:


Questions addressed at the symposium will include:
* How do organizations ensure their analysis is objective?
* How can analysts produce relevant but unbiased products?
* What is the role of an analytic ombudsman?

 
Analytic Objectivity Symposium

7 September 2016, MITRE Corporation, McLean, VA

8:00‐9:00 Arrival and Registration
9:00‐9:15 Introductory remarks (USD(I) Invited)
9:15‐9:45 Keynote address, John E. McLaughlin, former Deputy Director of the CIA

9:45‐10:45 Panel 1. Pressures to introduce bias or distortion into analysis: political, financial,
personal
Moderator: Stephen Marrin, James Madison University
 Abigail Gertner, MITRE Corporation
 Michelle Baddeley, University College London
 Brian Croteau, Securities and Exchange Commission

10:45‐11:00 Break

11:00‐12:00 Panel 2. Ensuring analysis remains honest but relevant
Moderator: Gregory Treverton, National Intelligence Council
 Stephen Marrin, James Madison University
 Pat Neary, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
 Leo Chalupa, George Washington University

12:00‐1:15 Lunch

1:15‐2:15 Panel 3. Role of an analytic ombudsman
Moderator: Pat Neary, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
 Richard Immerman, Temple University
 Jonathan Boersma, CFA Institute
 Kathryn Partin, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Research Integrity

2:15‐2:30 Break

2:30‐3:30 Panel 4. Mitigating analytic distortion using structured analytic techniques
Moderator: Erin Logan, Office of the Under Secretary for Intelligence
 Randy Pherson, Pherson Associates, LLC.
 Chris Marshall, National Intelligence University
 James Bruce, RAND Corporation

3:30‐4:30 Panel 5. Analytic objectivity training
Moderator:
 Jamie L. Roush, CRH Analysis Consulting
 Reese Madsen, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence
 Welton Chang, University of Pennsylvania

4:30‐4:45 Closing remarks