Think Like a Spy: Utilizing the CIA’s CARVER Methodology to Assess Strangers

By Luke Bencie and Kara Mathis

In the 2001 espionage thriller, Spy Game, there is a classic scene where a veteran CIA case officer (played by Robert Redford) is training a young recruit (played by Brad Pitt) in the timeless techniques of human intelligence (HUMINT) and tradecraft. Tradecraft is a term that has been around for decades and refers to the practice, method, and technologies used in modern espionage. It includes skills such as elicitation, casing, “dead drops,” surveillance detect...

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