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A Brief Overview Of ABI And Human Domain Analytics

In Iraq, the Intelligence Community was tasked with finding terrorists and insurgents bent on harming US Forces and their interests. These terrorists or insurgents rarely performed activities that were dissimilar from non-terrorists (especially in the planning phases). In terms of Iraqi mysteries, the questions were “Will something happen?” and “How can we predict it and prevent it?” Analysts began to develop techniques to address these mysteries using any means at their disposal to aggregate these activities, assess transactions, and develop networks of interest.

ABI is truly a different approach to analysis. It invokes different tradecraft, data processing, technology, and thought processes. Although ABI was originally conceived to assist in finding criminals or terrorists, the principles of ABI allow it to also be used, in a very real sense, with those mysteries that involve no “bad guys.” The purpose of ABI has been expressed in numerous forums and can be summarized in the following five elements:

Collect, characterize and locate activities and transactions
Identify and locate actors and entities conducting the activities and transactions
Identify and locate networks of actors
Understand the relationships between networks
Develop patterns of life.