WRSA just posted a link to a great article about special ops planning. After initial consultation with relevant experts, we’ve borrowed heavily from this process for our own intelligence gathering and administrative warfare process in our local battle over an out-of-control city government. An important part of the linked article is the claim that often, intelligence is operations.
Our intelligence gathering comes in two major forms: elicitation and document analysis. Each of these feeds the other in a continuous cycle, adapted from the F3EAD process described in the article linked by WRSA. There are other components including various forms of traffic analysis, but these two are the primary means. At this point, we have collected so much raw information that we have had to prioritize future targeting, and this means prioritizing operations to make sure that we exploit the highest-value targets.