Introduction to Intelligence Lecture – Forward Observer Shop

Introduction to Intelligence Lecture

Mike Shelby is a former military intelligence NCO and contract intelligence analyst. He spent three years in Iraq and Afghanistan and is now the intelligence and warfare researcher at Forward Observer.


  1. I am seizing on the anecdote of the individual who videotaped the local city hall meetings. Great point that some information which is deliberated in a public forum is released at the pleasure of 1 or 2 personality-driven positions, and some or most may not make it into public media. This is exemplary of the intelligence community in general, where an analyst is the information filter based on biases, lack of knowledge, lack of direction, or misunderstanding. The worst position in any shop is the subject matter expert (SME); with enough comfort, the entire mission may depend on their decisions with no equivalent check and balance. After all, who QCs the QCer? Thank you for taking the time with these lessons.

  2. This is my very first video watched and, as a week long quite new member, I have to say that there’s a lot going on here that’s right. Not too fast and not too slow…no ego, not drinking out of the fire hose of info, very pro and a good level disposition. I appreciate that.

    Good stuff. Now on to the next satisfying gulp of info.

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