Date of Award

5-26-2013

Document Type

Capstone-Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Program Name

Intelligence Studies

Capstone Instructor

Dr. Robin Thompson

Abstract

A person’s life is comprised of defining experiences. From these experiences the basis for bias, personality and traits are formed which guide the decision-making process. Political leaders routinely make decisions regarding national and international policy, drawing on their prior experiences. With the numerous impacts on decision-making, it is essential to identify reliable factors that influence decisions, which can be analyzed. This paper demonstrates how bias, personality and behavior traits influence effective decision-making. The study utilized psychobiography profiles, the Lockwood Analytical Method for Prediction (LAMP) and the review of operational case studies to determine if a political leader’s profile can provide definable, reliable indicators as to the viability of the operation.

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