Pherson Associates, LLC was founded in 2003 by Chief Executive Officer Katherine Hibbs Pherson and President Randolph H. Pherson in response to requests for analytic, instructional, and management support from the Intelligence Community.

Our services include workshops, courses, and consulting over a full range of analytic activities, including building models, frameworks, and processes; collecting and arraying critical data; developing and applying analytic tools and techniques; honing writing and briefing skills; publishing books and pamphlets; and maximizing the analytic power of the individual, the group, and the organization.


Writing Guide Front Cover v.3
Analytic Writing Guide Out Now!This book is a user’s guide for writing papers, short memos, and emails when the objective is to inform a busy reader preoccupied with other tasks. The objective is to make sure that all the information needed to understand the main points is in the paper and in the right order, minimizing or eliminating extraneous information and ideas, and resolving inconsistencies.
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  • Workshop Facilitation: We have extensive experience in facilitating workshops, strategy sessions, and conferences for government and non-government personnel. We can provide experienced facilitators for your events and design customized agendas and programs for specific needs at the client’s site or at The Forum.
  • Publications Library: Pherson Associates has created an on-line intelligence library to provide educators, students, and intelligence practitioners a place to share knowledge, particularly as it relates to the use of structured analytic techniques. The Library includes case studies that support the teaching of analytic techniques, a collection of papers written by Richards J. Heuer, Jr., occasional articles drafted by Pherson Associates, and key publications.
  • The Forum: Pherson Associates established The Forum, conveniently located in Reston, Virginia, to provide our government clients with an access controlled venue to hold conferences, classes, workshops, and facilitation exercises. Space at The Forum can be leased independently or in conjunction with our training and consulting services
  • Consulting Services: We provide a variety of consulting services to the US Government, private sector and the Intelligence Community in particular, including management support, mentoring, product review, and risk analysis.
  • Analytic Tools: Pherson Associates has developed a toolbox of computer-assisted analytic tools and techniques for IC and private sector analysts. One-day and half-day workshops are available to help analysts optimize the effectiveness of tools and techniques such as Analysis of Competing Hypotheses and several forms of scenario analysis.


Now in Reprint:Psychology of
Intelligence Analysis

by Richards J. Heuer
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Now Available:Handbook of
Analytic Tools & Techniques

by Randolph H. Pherson
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