Revealing Links: the Power of Social Network Analysis10 December 2010
Today, the intelligence community faces a new kind of enemy – the asymmetric threat – that requires new approaches. When it is hard to understand where a threat may be coming from or in what form it will appear, analysts must take a much more proactive approach toward the information they collect, augmenting existing traditional qualitative-based link analysis methodologies with alternative, more quantitative analysis methods.
Social network analysis (SNA) is one of these alternative methods. Despite its title, SNA is not social networking like Facebook or Bebo (although the SNA methodology could be used to analyse that sort of information). Instead, SNA is a useful way for intelligence teams to analyse and understand complex networks of entities, such as individuals or organisations, by measuring or weighting the interactions between them.
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Revealing Links: the Power of Social Network Analysis