Retaining Expertise in the Directorate of Analysis
Gordon, Donald Jr.
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This Capstone memorandum explores the potential for a significant increase in the loss of analytic expertise in the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The CIA’s Directorate of Analysis (DA) prides itself on developing analysts who can craft products on all pertinent global issues to better inform the President and U.S. policymakers with timely, accurate, and objective analysis. Looking at nearly 40 years of the DA’s history, this Capstone investigates the internal and external factors that led to previous increases in attrition rates to find solutions to retain talent today. This Capstone proposes to follow the example of organizations with well-known leadership development cultures and numerous study recommendations to create a mandatory training program for first-line supervisors to enable the Directorate to retain its top talent and maintain its qualitative edge.