The traditional approach to geospatial intelligence analysis is the intuitive method. Analysts learn by doing, and the best analysts have often learned from their mistakes. However, mistakes in intelligence work are dreaded, and one hates to hear the words "intelligence failure." Intelligence failures are often disastrous, and lives can be lost. It is important, therefore, to constantly work at improving the mind and never accepting old habits of thinking. The Structured Geospatial Analytic Method addresses the need for development of analytic methods in the geospatial community of practice. Methods of thought have evolved with respect to intelligence analysis which seems to have largely excluded geospatial analytics. This seminar lesson examined a particular geospatial method for approaching analysis.
In order to improve analysis, relatively uncomplicated techniques have been developed to help intelligence analysts structure their analysis and reduce the frequency and severity of error. These are what the Intelligence Community now calls structured analytic techniques, or SATs for short. The next lesson will address the SATs That can directly assist you using the Structured Geospatial Analytic Method.