INSIGHT Defense Professional Skills and Mindset

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INSIGHT Defense Professional Skills and Mindset


INSIGHT Defense Professional is calibrated for officers, senior NCOs, and civilian managers.

Organizations engaged in the defense of the nation must be confident in the ability of individuals and teams to solve complex problems and make decisions in contexts of risk and uncertainty. That’w why the development of critical thinking skills and mindset attributes has become a priority for professional military education and training today. And, it makes the objective assessment of those skills and attributes a necessity.

INSIGHT Defense Professional is a two-part instrument that targets core critical thinking skills and key personal attributes associated with successfully engaging complex and novel problems and making thoughtful decisions about what to believe and what to do.

Leadership Decision-Making Skills Assessed

INSIGHT Defense Professional Part 2 – Skills is an objective measure of the core reasoning skills used in thoughtful leadership decision-making and problem solving.  Six skill metrics are reported:

  • Overall Reasoning Skills (Critical Thinking)
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Inferential Reasoning
  • Evaluative Reasoning
  • Deductive Reasoning
  • Inductive Reasoning

Mental Disciplines Assessed

INSIGHT Defense Professional Part 1 – Mindset assesses ten mental disciplines and attributes relevant to the expression of thought and to one’s style of interaction in decision making and professional contexts:

  • Communicative Confidence
  • Professional Confidence
  • Peer Expression
  • Teamwork
  • Directness with Superiors
  • Intellectual Integrity
  • Mental Focus
  • Mental Rigor
  • Foresight
  • Cognitive Maturity.

Each of these ten has been identified as desirable in  operational planning and field leadership responsibilities in staff or line positions.

Data Reported

Neither training nor experience can substitute for a leader’s lack of core thinking skills and the personal readiness to use them.

INSIGHT Defense Professional reports provide comprehensive metrics on the strengths and weaknesses of 15 key aspects of decision-making.   Numerical scores and recommended performance assessments reflect the extent to which the person being assessed manifested a given skill or attribute. Printable individual reports document specific strengths and areas for growth.

Group reports display aggregated statistics and bar-charts for each INSIGHT metric.

Objective, reliable metrics are invaluable in making your operations successful. Individual and group data are used in candidate selection, talent identification/development, training and program evaluation.

User Manuals provide comprehensive information how to optimally interpret INSIGHT results reports

Validity and Reliability

Our assessments are built on the growing science of the measurement of human decision-making.  Each instrument has been psychometrically evaluated in collaboration with researchers, educators, trainers and working professionals, to assure cultural and language competence in the intended test taker group.

Insight Assessment measurement scientists created INSIGHT Defense Professional working with the advice and support of leaders and experts, civilian and military, retired and active, of the US Air Force, US Marine Corps, US Army, US Navy and Joint Special Operations.

Test Administration

Secure, encrypted online testing is available 24x7x365 with our multilingual delivery options.   Our online system provides the option of taking our assessments on virtually any device.

Insight Assessment manages logins/passwords, assignments; all you need to do is tell us when and how many individuals you will be testing or training. Tech support is available 24/7.

The online test-taker interface is easy to use, data encrypted and flexible. Tests can be assigned to be taken within any window of time which meets the client’s needs. Each test is scored as soon as the test taker submits responses to the items on the test.

Contact Us

INSIGHT Defense Professional provides a valid, reliable, objective, and cost-effective means to assess the thinking mindset and reasoning skills that are essential for leadership, problem solving, and decision making.  Call us today at 650-697-5628 to discuss how INSIGHT Defense Professional is being used.


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