The Vision 2015 (2008) report called for US intelligence to become “more integrated and agile” (p. 4) in order to respond to the challenges of enhanced global threats and rapidly changing technology. The increased need for collaborative ways of collecting, analyzing, and reporting data requires changes in IC policy, normative working habits, and institutional culture. One way to develop immersive collaboration is via hybrid organizations, defined by Agrell and Treverton (2015) as those in which “experts, policymakers, and stakeholders are linked not just through a requirement-dissemination loop but interact on a more continuous and integrated basis”(p. 197). The Laboratory for Analytic Sciences (LAS) is a translational laboratory that epitomizes the hybrid organization by connecting government analysts, programmers, and designers with academics from multiple disciplines and universities as well as industry partners. When the LAS was created, the leaders took a nearly unprecedented interest in self-reflection, inviting academics with background in communication, design, political science, and strategic management to facilitate, observe, study, and provide ongoing feedback to identify barriers and optimize its collaborative potential. The goal of this presentation is to share what we have learned about both face-to-face and virtual collaboration from the past three years at the LAS.
Agrell, W., & Treverton, G. F. (2015). National Intelligence and Science: Beyond the Great Divide in Analysis and Policy. Oxford University Press.
Vision 2015: A globally networked and integrated intelligence enterprise. Published by the DNI, Tuesday, July 22, 2008.Downloaded 12/27/16 from: https://www.dni.gov/files/documents/Newsroom/Reports%20and%20Pubs/Vision_2015.pdf
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LAS aims to bring together a multi-disciplinary group of academic, industry, and government researchers, analysts and managers together to re-engineer the intelligence analysis process to promote predictive analysis. LAS will do this by conducting both classified and unclassified research in a variety of areas of research. The research done in this area will serve as the foundation for mission effects and integrated back into the enterprise.
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