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Intel analysis education & training: partnership between Stellenbosch University and 4Knowledge

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A presentation I gave during the IAFIE conference in Monterrey, US in April 2008 on the partnership between 4Knowledge and Stellenbosch University. Unfortunately I had to give up this wonderful …

A presentation I gave during the IAFIE conference in Monterrey, US in April 2008 on the partnership between 4Knowledge and Stellenbosch University. Unfortunately I had to give up this wonderful opportunity in December 2009 after the university changed their costing structure, making the fees for the training unrealistically expensive. It was a big eye-opener for me to realize that universities are actually in the world to make money, not to create and share knowledge...


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  • 1. Private/Academic Partnership in Intelligence Analysis Training: The South African experience IAFIE Monterey, US April 2008
  • 2. Background • National security/political analyst with Foreign Intel Agency • Training and KM specialist in Domestic Intel Agency • Started own training & consulting company in 2007
  • 3. Our education system “The NQF is intended to overcome the imbalances created from the apartheid education and training systems and bring together, under a single overarching qualifications framework, the certification of learning in a range of settings”.
  • 4. Short courses SA National Qualifications Framework 2009
  • 5. Diploma in Intelligence Analysis • Interdepartmental SGB • How we would like analysts to be & what they should be able to do • Integrating profile, job descriptions and competencies • Fundamental, core and elective unit standards (modules)
  • 6. The Harsh Reality ✖ Lack of political leadership ✖ No uptake @ gov schools (lack of capacity, disinterest) ✔ 1st time all agreed on what intel analysis is ✔ The process has been more important than the outcome
  • 7. Personal journey …
  • 8. Approach to Intelligence Analysis • Broader, integrative Decision-support function rather than secret state function • Applicable to all spheres where sense has to be made of myriad of conflicting, sometimes deceptive information to enable decision-making
  • 9. Academic partnership
  • 10. Stellenbosch approach Two Human Dimensions Organizational theory Diversity, Change Individual & Transformation Group Dynamics Group Structures & Processes Organization Organizational Learning Dynamics Organization Systems & Project Design Communication The Knowledge Economy Knowledge Network Society Society Society Society of organizations Globalization
  • 11. Two Knowledge Dimensions KNOWLEDGE KNOWLEDGE TECHNOLOGY DYNAMICS Knowledge System Design Taxonomies and ontologies KM System Architecture Research logic Decision Support Systems Sense making E-Business Modeling Complexity and Systems Information management Scenario Building Artificial Intelligence
  • 12. Programme Model KNOWLEDGE TECHNOLOGY Individ KNOWLEDGE DYNAMICS Individ Individ ual ual ual Group& Group& Group Team Team Team Individ ual Organis Organis Organis Individ ation ation ation ual Group& Team Group& Team Individ Individ Individ ual Organis ual ual Group& ation Group& Individ Organis Team Group& ual Team ation Team Group& Team Organis Organis ation Organis ation ation Organis ation
  • 13. Interdisciplinary / multidisciplinary?
  • 14. Transdisciplinary South African potjiekos / pot food
  • 15. Philosophy • Prismatic learning/analysis… • Robert Flood (Rethinking the Fifth Discipline: learning within the unknowable) • Powerful metaphor for creative & transformational thinking
  • 16. Applying the metaphor to IA Diamond Intelligence Analysis • Cut • Continuous process • Carat • Complexity - conscious • Clarity • Collaborative • Color • Catalyst
  • 17. Our reality… smaller numbers, diversity
  • 18. Application in classroom • What can one achieve in a week? • Main learning outcomes: – Cognitive dissonance – no mans land – journey towards self awareness & mindfulness • Complex, multi-dimensional case study • Collaboration • Puzzles