Stages in Intelligence Processing
The consideration and selection of a strategic decision is based on many factors, including that of processing information (intelligence). In the "old" days there were four steps in the processing of information. They were:
1. Collection - where data is collected to a "central" point;
2. Collation - where collected data is sorted into meaningful information;
3. Interpretation - where the information is refined and fitted to the relevant (current, planned and/or desired) situation;and
4. Dissemination - where the decision made, based on the information assessed, is delivered to those involved in the implementation of the strategic decision.
I do not see why there should be any difference today. Do you?