Think of intelligence like a puzzle and our collected information as puzzle pieces. By now we have our Intelligence Requirements and we’ve started collecting information.
Phase Three is Analysis & Processing, and it’s where we start to put together the puzzle.
I get asked a lot about how to compile all this data we’re gathering and there are a few good options. If you want the most basic form, just start copy and pasting information into NotePad (Windows) or TextEdit (OSX) or your text editor of choice on Linux. I really like a tool called Evernote (evernote.com) where I can have different “notebooks” where I can store information. For instance, I have a different notebook for each of the area gangs. If you’re concerned about not having access to this information digitally, then I recommend periodically printing out these notebooks and keeping them in your Area Study binder.
NEXT STEPS: Once you’ve collected some information to satisfy one of your Intelligence Requirements and stored it (via Evernote, a text pad, or using pen and paper) let’s move on to Phase Four of the Intelligence Cycle.