A Ninja must be able to take bits and pieces of information in, process them and then extract what a stuation, subject or knowledge area is trying to do or impart. The following process has been utilized by many intelligence gathering networks including the Dept. of Defense Intelligence group.
Take a sheet of paper and divide it into 4 sections. In the Upper right hand corner label it “GOAL”. On the upper left hand corner label “KNOWN/KNOWN”. On the bottom left corner label “KNOWN/UNKNOWN”’ and finally on the bottom right hand corner label “UNKNOWN/UNKNOWN”.
The process of dividing out one’s knowledge of a subject into facts you know, facts you do not know, and the important pieces of knowledge out there that you piece together through this process will allow you to solve many questions posed before you.
The process starts by continuing to ask yourself the following questions:
1) What is the goal of this action, project, subject or task?
2) What do I know about this subject, action project or task?
3) What do I not know about this subject, action, project or task?
4) What do I know that might lead me to something I do not know?
By repetitively asking these questions, writing the answers and reviewing the next question, in a constant manner you will quickly begin to put the pieces of the puzzle before you into order. I have used this process to help determine the actions an enemy may take, a potential criminal investigation, and even when learning a new subject area.
Now you have a new tool in your Ninja Tradecraft repertoire!