KELA’s Intelligence – Our Research Methodology

All of the research we carry out at KELA is project-specific, developed from the ground up by a team of analysts according to the client’s requirements, and offered to that customer alone. We don’t perform any broad market or segment research – only targeted, customized intelligence. In this post we share some of the methods we use conducting our research.


Areas of Research

KELA’s Decision-Supporting Research Services are divided into three areas:

Business – KELA offers corporate decision-makers, whose businesses depend on timely and accurate execution, cutting-edge intelligence facilitating critical business decisions regarding competitive analys, market entry, M&A and partnerships, and CXO pre-hire screening.

Investment – KELA caters to the needs of hedge funds and institutional investors by providing supplementary research for current investment strategies, pre-IPO due diligence, private equity research, and corporate governance checks.

Cyber– Businesses must be aware to the threats they face. KELA’s proprietary RaDark Threat Intelligence Console monitors the hard-to-penetrate dark web. It’s designed to operate together with KELA’s External Threat Assessment, providing companies with a comprehensive and up-to-date assessment of their strengths, weaknesses, and risks in the ever-shifting landscape of corporate cyber security.


Our Analyst Team

The core of KELA’s research process is our team of analyst – all alumni of IDF Unit 8200, proficient in 17 different languages.

Most intelligence analysts in the Israeli army serve in 8200, which, in addition to being the largest unit in IDF, is responsible for all signal intelligence collection and analysis.

As part of Israel’s compulsory draft system, all recruits undergo a comprehensive evaluation. Those identified as potential candidates for the intelligence division, typically outstanding students who speak foreign languages, undergo 6-12 months of intensive training.

Unlike standard military training, 8200 analysts’ training is conducted in highly equipped classrooms. Candidates spent days polishing their linguistic skills, attend data mining lectures by experts, and experiment with solving old intelligence queries. During this training period, they also learn how to process huge amounts of data from a wide range of data types and sources. This variety requires trainees to develop specific expertise, and thoroughly validate sources before devising an overall assessment.

Upon completion of their training, recruits serve on active duty as intelligence analysts in the IDF. The analysts, usually 20-year-olds at this point, operate in young, creative environments, allowing analysis methods to constantly evolve in a dynamic and innovative way.

These rooms are where the thriving Israeli startup ecosystem starts to develop. Thanks to its fresh, carefully chosen soldiers, 8200 is widely considered as the most inventive intelligence incubator by the Israeli intelligence community.

Following procedures developed by the IDF, KELA believes that effective business and investment intelligence must be collected from a range of sources, and processed using various methodologies. KELA’s approach embraces this diversity, and our process includes proprietary intelligence gathering technologies developed by our R&D team, as well as HUMINT staff conducting personal interviews.