A blog update


You may have noticed I have not written a blog post in a while and I apologize for not checking in sooner.  I took a break in order to devote time to several research projects related to money laundering and terror finance.

Here’s a brief list of some of the projects I’ve been working while I’ve been away:

  • The role of shell companies in money laundering networks
  • A money laundering and terror finance case study library
  • Assessment of the current state of collaboration and innovation within and across the criminal justice enterprise.

I also decided to update the core guiding principles and purpose of the Analysts Compass blog.

Innovation and research need to play a larger role in the way that we examine money laundering and terror finance and ask our analysts to think about these problems and others in both law enforcement and the private sector.   We need to collaborate more on ways to bring innovation and research to the forefront of these discussions.

As a result the updated core guiding principles are as follows:

  • Innovation: the action or process of innovating; a new method, idea or product; the act or process of introducing new ideas, devices or methods.
  • Collaboration: the action of working with someone to produce or create something.
  • Research: the systematic investigation into and study of materials and sources in order to establish facts and reach new conclusions.

And the purpose of the Analysts Compass blog is to challenge conventional wisdom on money laundering, terror finance and the role of the analyst in the law enforcement and security sector.

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