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Improving Intelligence in a Counterinsurgency or Counterterrorism Environment Through the Application of a Critical Thinking-based Framework

Improving Intelligence in a Counterinsurgency or Counterterrorism Environment Through the Application of a Critical Thinking-based Framework

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 IMPROVING INTELLIGENCE IN A COUNTERINSURGENCY ORCOUNTERTERRORISM ENVIRONMENT THROUGH THE APPLICATION OF ACRITICAL THINKING-BASED FRAMEWORKA DissertationSubmitted to the Graduate Faculty of Louisiana State University andAgricultural and Mechanical Collegein partial fulfillment of therequirements for the degree of Doctor of PhilosophyInThe School of Human Resource Educationand Workforce DevelopmentbyJames Henry Hess IIBGS Northwestern State University, 2003MA Louisiana State University, 2005December 2011
 
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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
The doctoral process has been an exciting, albeit challenging, experience. I have enjoyedthe tremendous support of a fantastic cadre of professors along the way. My committeemembers have been incredibly supportive; Dr. Curtis Friedel is the consummate scholar and agood friend. He served as my major professor, and also co-authored the framework that wasused in this study. Dr. Friedel is a true professional, and always found the time to provide inputeffectively and in a useful manner. Dr. Krisanna Machtmes has been a remarkable and willingparticipant in providing assistance that helped me understand the intricacies of qualitativeresearch. Dr. Michael Burnett, a wise and effective leader, truly enabled my participation in thisprogram. I greatly appreciate the efforts of all three of these dedicated professors.A very special acknowledgement needs to go to the three professors of the LSU MALAin Military History program that is offered at Fort Polk, LA. Dr. Stanley Hilton, who served asthe program director, without him, that phenomenal program, which has high notoriety amongstmany Army officers, would never have existed. Dr. Hilton also served on my doctoralcommittee, and personifies that type of professor I would emulate. The other two members of the Fort Polk program are Dr. Karl Roider and Dr. William Clark. Dr. Roider is a professor thehighest caliber, and I have always thoroughly enjoyed our many conversations. Dr. Clark alwaysprovided an interesting and enjoyable learning environment.Finally, I would like to thank my wife Donna, and our children: Aaron, Robert, Jordan,and Michael. Our children always brighten my day, and provide me all the motivation in theworld to continue to strive and achieve my goals. I always want to provide a worthy example forthem. My wife, Donna, is my partner in life and my best friend. She is the most amazing personI have ever met, and I am always humbled by her love and commitment to our family and me.
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS ............................................................................................................ iiABSTRACT .....................................................................................................................................vCHAPTER1 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY .......................................................................................1Introduction to the Conceptual Framework ...................................................................2Statement of the Problem ...............................................................................................5Purpose for the Study .....................................................................................................6Significance of the Study ...............................................................................................7Definition of Terms........................................................................................................9Limitations, Delimitations, and Assumptions ..............................................................122 REVIEW OF LITERATURE ...............................................................................................16Conceptual Framework ................................................................................................16Critical Thinking Skills ................................................................................................17Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield ...................................................................21Summary of Research Findings/Results for Critical Thinking ....................................24Learning Critical Thinking ..........................................................................................25Teaching Critical Thinking ..........................................................................................27Summary of Critical Thinking Research .....................................................................30Historical Counterinsurgencies ....................................................................................32Summary ......................................................................................................................343 METHODOLOGY ................................................................................................................36Introduction ..................................................................................................................36Research Design...........................................................................................................36Reliability and Validity of the Study ...........................................................................39Participants ...................................................................................................................41The Case-Based Scenario ............................................................................................41Data Collection Procedures ..........................................................................................43Treatment of the Data ..................................................................................................44Grounded Theory .........................................................................................................44Criteria for Sources ......................................................................................................45Researcher Lens ...........................................................................................................46My Philosophy of Intelligence Analysis ......................................................................50Summary ......................................................................................................................514 FINDINGS OF THE STUDY ...............................................................................................52Introduction ..................................................................................................................52Review of the Critical Thinking Intelligence Analysis Process (CTIAP) ...................54Cadets’ Responses Pertaining to Using the CTIAP .....................................................55Understanding the Operational Environment ..................................................55

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