Author: Intelligence Analysis Career Training Program

Career Resources

To keep up to date on the most current jobs in the Intelligence Community, Law Enforcement, Military, and Private Sector, regularly check agency job postings or sign up to receive their electronic alerts. The following links represent a partial list of opportunities for those seeking a career as an intelligence analyst.* As always, do your own research on any organization, company, or position that you are interested in before applying.


Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)

Department of Defense (DoD)

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI)

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)

National Security Agency (NSA)

National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC)


US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Fusion Centers (DHS)

International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA)


Advanced C4 Solutions



BAE Systems

Ball Aerospace

Booz Allen Hamilton





Lockheed Martin

Northrop Grumman


Radiance Technologies




Some may require existing clearance to register

* The above list is incomplete, and in no way reflects preferences of the IACT program. In addition, the IACT program does not guarantee job placement for jobs applied to through these links.


Security Clearance

SECURITY CLEARANCE: Students who successfully complete our IACT program with an overall GPA of 90% or higher, meet our overall attendance rate of 90% or higher, and maintain good standing with our code of conduct are also eligible to apply for a security clearance. The security clearance investigation is a lengthy process, currently averaging approximately 12-14 months. Students provide information that is submitted as part of a Single-Scope Background Investigation (SSBI). This 10-year background investigation is an examination of certain variables of an individual’s life to make a determination if the person is an acceptable security risk. The following areas are evaluated on a “whole person” basis: allegiance to the United States; foreign influence; foreign preferences; sexual behavior; personal conduct; financial considerations; alcohol consumption; drug involvement and substance misuse; psychological conditions; criminal conduct; handling protected information; outside activities; and use of information technology.

However, we will cancel the sponsorship of a security clearance for any student who does not meet the academic and attendance standards listed above or who withdraws or is dismissed from the program. We will also discontinue the background investigation process for any student who does not conduct themselves according to the standards of professionalism as outlined in this Student Catalog and requested by your program instructors in class. Student clearances are granted to facilitate research under an agreement with the Federal Government. Students who do not graduate are not eligible for this program.

Intelligence Fundamentals Professional Certification (IFPC)

INTELLIGENCE FUNDAMENTALS PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION (IFPC): The IACT program is pleased to incorporate the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence’s (USD(I))-conferred and -recognized IFPC exam and certification process into our IACT program for those students meeting certain standards. The IFPC program has established a common standard of the fundamental knowledge and skills expected of all who currently serve in and support, and those who hope to serve in and support, the DoD Intelligence Enterprise (DIE). The IFPC certification lasts for three years and can be listed on your resume. In order to qualify for this certification process, students in our IACT program must achieve an overall GPA of 90% or higher, meet our overall attendance rate of 90% or higher, and conform with our Code of Conduct.


Welcome to WSARC’s Intelligence Analysis Career Training Program!

The dedicated people who work within the US Intelligence Community, Military, and Law Enforcement are committed to strengthening our domestic and national security.  We are excited to help with your educational development to become part of this dynamic community!

IACT incorporates a hybrid instructional method that includes lectures, readings/journal entries, and practical exercises aimed at teaching critical thinking skills, structured analytic techniques, and writing and briefing in the intelligence style. Instruction includes utilization of experts in the field of intelligence analysis to provide more in-depth lessons on issues in various functional intelligence disciplines, such as:

  • terrorism, transnational organized crime, and other law enforcement specialties,
  • air force, air defense, missiles and space, and other NASIC-related specialties, and
  • regional and functional Intelligence Community areas, such as military analysis, WMD threats, and cyber analysis.

We also do site visits, professional development work, and bring in potential employers to describe what they do and what they are looking for in prospective hires. Our program finishes with a 4-week-long experiential learning program focusing on law enforcement analysis.

As part of the program, qualifying students are submitted for a Single-Scope Background Investigation.  This 10-year background investigation is an examination of certain variables of an individual’s life to make a determination if the person is an acceptable security risk.  The following areas are evaluated on a “whole person” basis: allegiance to the United States; foreign influence; foreign preferences; sexual behavior; personal conduct; financial considerations; alcohol consumption; drug involvement and substance misuse; psychological conditions; criminal conduct; handling protected information; outside activities; and use of information technology.

Admission Requirements

Minimum requirements for acceptance into our IACT program includes all of the following:

  • Completed application and resume,
  • Scheduled interview with our training staff,
  • At least 18 years of age as of the first day of class (acceptable proof includes Driver’s License, State-Issued ID, Birth Certificate, or Passport),
  • US citizenship (acceptable proof includes Birth Certificate, Passport, Naturalization Certificate, DHS Form 1-9, or DD Form 1966).

We reserve the right to request the following documents, if applicable:

  • Honorable Discharge or General Discharge Under Honorable Conditions (Proof of discharge includes DD214),
  • High School completion documents,
  • Transcripts from any/all education and training,
  • Completion of criminal background check.

Standards of Conduct and Grounds for Dismissal

All students are expected to act with the highest standards of professional conduct and ethics at all time, as is befitting all intelligence and cyber professionals. Behavior that is disruptive, unethical, illegal, threatening, or destructive will not be tolerated. All students must understand and abide by our written Standards of Conduct policy. Students will acknowledge and sign the Standards as part of their enrollment agreement and then re-sign and re-acknowledge the conduct policy guidance on the first day of class. Students who fail to follow these Standards of Conduct will be dismissed from our training program and their application for a security clearance will be withdrawn.

The examples below (while not all-inclusive), violate our Standards of Conduct:

  • Failure to observe security regulations which have been communicated to the students, including unauthorized use of our badges or permitting any other person to use one of our badges to access facilities.
  • Insubordination, including, but not limited to, failure or refusal to obey the orders or instructions of the School Director, Training Director, Program Manager, classroom instructor, or other proper authority; the use of threatening or abusive language toward any member of our staff, or refusal to fully disclose or intentionally falsify information in any phase of the background investigation process.
  • Inefficient or careless student performance, including failure to follow standard program operating procedures or policies, failure to demonstrate reasonable standards of classroom participation, team collaboration, individual performance to meet established coursework timeliness. Academic dishonesty (cheating) will not be tolerated!
  • Excessive tardiness. Failure to inform our training staff promptly by telephone, email, or other timely means when unable to report for class. Weekly attendance standards required for state accreditation are outlined on this website and in our course catalog.
  • Unauthorized possession or use of firearms or weapons, explosive materials, cameras, or recording equipment on our premises.
  • Falsifying training application, personnel security questionnaires, or other training records.
  • Altering individual attendance sheet, recording on another student’s attendance sheet, or allowing or instructing someone else to record hours on the student’s own attendance sheet, and/or recording false time signing in or out.
  • Failing to properly maintain our confidential or proprietary information.
  • Violating our stated Nondiscrimination Policy by not demonstrating sensitivity to and respect for any student or applicant because of the reasons listed in our Nondiscrimination Policy on this website and in our course catalog.

Students are expected to attend class in business casual attire (we will provide guidelines) as part of the professional development portion of our course. You need to get accustomed to analyzing, writing, briefing, and responding to questions in the same attire you would be expected to wear every day as an intelligence professional.

Our School Director has the authority to dismiss any student, based on documentation and recommendation of the Training Director, who violates our published policies. We will maintain a permanent record of the expulsion in the student’s file.

Grading Systems and Policies

GRADING POLICY: Students in our IACT program are assessed on a criterion-referenced grading system, which is based on a fixed numeric scale (100-0) that equates to a letter mark (A-F), from which the faculty assign grades based on the individual performance of each student. There are some portions of our program that are judged on a pass/fail basis.

GRADING SCALE: Throughout the program, you will receive grades on individual assignments and class participation within each of the classes listed in our course catalog that comprise the IACT program. Most, if not all, of the individual classes within the IACT program are graded using a traditional A-F grading scale (A=90-100; B=80-89; C=70-79; D=60-69; F=59 and below). In those instances when a pass/fail score is given, a passing grade is defined as meeting 75% or more of the requirements and objectives for any given exercise, assignment, or examination.

FEEDBACK: While the letter mark will appear on the transcripts, the students will receive more detailed feedback for most assignments. The Training Director aims to provide feedback on most assignments within 48 hours of their due date, although the longer paper assigned toward the end of the course may require a full week to complete for everyone. Students will also be provided written/oral feedback on their progress in the course bi-weekly throughout the course, or upon request if a student feels they are close to the pass/fail border line.


We do not discriminate against any student or applicant because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. This policy shall include, but not be limited to, the following: admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, or other programs.

Accommodation of Special Needs

It is our goal to maximize the educational experience of this course for all students. If you have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act, and need any test, course instruction, or course materials provided in an alternative format, please notify the instructor as soon as possible and contact the Wright State Office of Disability Services.

Phone: 937-775-5680; TTY:  937-775-5844

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for the IACT program is $9,995. Students will not be responsible for any increase in fees or tuition after the first day of class. Tuition includes any course materials or textbooks used in the program but does not cover housing and other living expenses. Students from outside the Dayton area will need to find their own housing arrangements. Feel free to contact us for housing suggestions.

Students are required to pay tuition for the IACT program not later than the end of the first week of each term. Tuition can be paid in one of two ways.

(1) Tuition can be paid in full at the beginning of the course, or

(2) Tuition can be paid in two segments:

  • Term 1 (Weeks 1-5): $4,997.50 due by the end of Week 1 of training.
  • Term 2 (Weeks 6-10): $4,997.50 due by the end of Week 6 of training.

The IACT program is approved for all Chapters of Veterans Administration Educational Benefits. Qualified veterans and their family members may be eligible to use educational benefits to offset the cost of IACT training. VA Educational Benefits may vary. Students using VA benefits are required to submit a copy of all prior study that is related to the IACT program before beginning classes. The School Director will evaluate the official transcripts and documentation of this previous education—that is current within the last three years—and determine if any credit will be given to the student for previous work completed; however, we typically do not award transfer hours. Of note, students cannot receive VA pay during the optional 4-week experiential learning exercise. Always consult with your VA counselor. More information regarding VA Educational Benefits is available at

Requirements for Graduation

Students must remain in good standing with our training program (as described in our Standards of Conduct and Grounds for Dismissal section on our website and in our course catalog), successfully complete the course’s instruction with a passing grade (as explained in our Grading System and Policies section on our website and in our course catalog), and be present for at least 90% of the entire program (as explained in our Attendance Policy section on our website and in our course catalog) in order to receive his/her Certificate in Intelligence Analysis. If a student does not meet the program requirements, he/she will receive a warning, then be placed on probation, and finally withdrawn from the program and issued individual certificates for each of the blocks he/she successfully completed (as described in our Warning & Probation Periods, plus Dismissal section on our website and in our course catalog). Students wishing to attend the optional 4-week experiential learning exercise must meet our graduation requirements and be recommended by the WSARC training staff.

Re-Admission Policy

Students who have been withdrawn from the program by the training staff due to academic or attendance issues (as laid out in the below Probation Period section), cannot apply for re-admission to the program for one year. The student must clearly demonstrate the steps taken to resolve the previous issues causing the unsatisfactory progress or conduct. Students may apply for re-admission once per program. Re-admission to the IACT program is not guaranteed and is addressed on a case-by-case basis by the School Director, upon advice from the Director of Training. The School Director can also decide whether to grant the student “transfer credits” for portions of the class completed successfully during their last admission. Students re-entering the program will be subject to any updated admission procedures, policies, tuition, and fees.

Refund Policy for Tuition and Fees

We are required by the State of Ohio Board of Career Colleges and Schools to outline our refund policy. First, students who withdraw from the program before the first day of class are eligible for a 100% refund of their paid tuition. After class begins, students are eligible for the following refunds based on the last day of their attendance:

  • A student who withdraws from the program before the academic term is 15% complete will be obligated to pay for 25% of the tuition for that academic term. (0-15% complete= 75% refund to student).
  • A student who withdraws from the program when the academic term is 16%-25% complete will be obligated to pay 50% of the tuition for that academic term. (16-25% complete=50% refund to student).
  • A student who withdraws from the program when the academic term is 26%-40% complete will be obligated to pay 75% of the tuition for that academic term. (26-40% complete=25% refund to student).
  • A student who withdraws from the program when the academic term is more than 40% complete will not be entitled to a refund of the tuition for that academic term. (41% or greater complete=No refund to student).

VA Refund Policy: In the event that veterans or their eligible persons sponsored as students under Chapters 30, 32, 33, 35, of Title 38 and Chapter 1606 of Title 10 U.S. Code, fail to enter the Program or withdraw or are discontinued therefrom at any time prior to completion, the amount charged for tuition shall not exceed the approximate pro rata portion of the total charges for tuition that the length of the program bears to its total length. A registration fee of $10 will not be refundable; any amount beyond that is subject to pro ration and refund (CFR 21.4254(c)(13).

Training Program Profile

In 2006, the Advanced Technical Intelligence Center (ATIC) was established to solve shortages in technical intelligence expertise for the US Intelligence, Law Enforcement, and Cyber Security communities. ATIC sought to educate and train a workforce of cleared government and contractor personnel capable of generating actionable intelligence from technical intelligence systems.  The original vision for ATIC grew out of a need to create an entry-level pipeline of trained analysts to fill vacancies throughout the US Intelligence Community. Critical shortfalls in this area were becoming increasingly evident due to an aging workforce, fewer US citizens receiving science and technology degrees, and changing threats to our nation. As a result, ATIC created its Analyst Boot Camp (ABC) (now known as the IACT program) and Cyber Analysis Data Security (CADS) programs.

Today, Wright State Research Institute (WSRI), through its 501c(3) non-profit WSARC, has exclusive license to deliver the ATIC training programs. WSRI continues the ATIC tradition and collaborates with government, industry, and academia to refine and further this unique educational opportunity. Our goal is to provide you with the relevant knowledge and practical skills you need to become a successful intelligence analyst in whatever intelligence discipline you choose. We do this by introducing you to the Intelligence Community and its Domestic Support Organizations, teaching you the practical skills of intelligence analysis (critical thinking, structured analytic tools, writing and briefing, collaboration, coordination, and interacting with the policy community), and bringing in practitioners to teach about specific functional and law enforcement intelligence disciplines. We end with an optional four-week experiential learning exercise where students can hone their skills in law enforcement intelligence analysis. Students who successfully complete our program and meet certain standards are eligible to take the Intelligence Fundamentals Professional Certification (IFPC) exam and apply for a security clearance.  Students are also given professional development advice to aid in their job search.

We look forward to helping each student become the best intelligence professional possible!

About the Corporation

Wright State Applied Research Corporation (WSARC)—a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization—was established in 2011 to provide separate, efficient, and effective contracting, grant, and research administration services to Wright State Research Institute, Wright State University, and the state of Ohio. Wright State Research Institute (WSRI) is a department of Wright State University (WSU) and is headquartered near the campus.

Program Cancellation Policy

Please apply early! Our program has a 15-student minimum requirement. We reserve the right to cancel the training program if written notice is submitted to enrolled students within five calendar days of the start date of the upcoming training program. For students applying to our program through their home universities (to receive academic credit and utilize their school’s financial aid benefits), we recommend not waiting until your final semester to apply for our program in case we do not reach our minimum for that semester.

Alex B

Alex is the Senior Intelligence Analyst for Persistent Surveillance Systems (PSS) and the Community Support Program (CSP).  As an early participant in the original ATIC Analyst Boot Camp, he earned his certification in Wide Area Airborne Surveillance (WAAS) in 2010 and was hired by PSS at that time.  Since then, Alex has led teams of 40+ analysts on rapid deployment WAAS missions internationally and domestically for the Military, DoD, Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue, and Disaster Response clients. In addition to his mission responsibilities, Alex is the Senior Instructor responsible for the training and development of all new Trackers and Analysts at PSS and CSP as well as all client training and support. Alex serves as the WAAS Subject Matter Expert (SME) for all prosecution and defense teams for any legal proceedings involving intelligence provided by PSS or CSP.  Courses taught: Introduction to Wide Area Surveillance, Optional 4-week experiential learning exercise.

Steve C

Mr. Steve C has more than 36 years’ experience in the Intelligence Community supporting ISR mission platforms as a rated officer, serving in staff and policy making positions in the National Security Agency, Combatant Commands, Joint Staff, and Department of Defense. He has extensive expertise in Signals Intelligence, Electronic Warfare, Human Intelligence, Counter Narcotics, Technology Transfer, Collection and Analysis. Courses taught: Transnational Organized Crime, Multi-Int Analysis.

Dr. Anne C

Dr. Anne C has over 10 years’ experience working on every aspect of the research process with a focus in cognitive psychology. She has conducted research on attention, eyewitness memory/ decision making, bird memory, and cultural psychology. She completed a post-doc sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) in which she worked to quantify cultural/ behavioral models and inject them into anomaly detection techniques used in tracking algorithms and for the purpose of dark network detection. More recently, her area of interest has been in studying the human side of cyber warfare. Courses taught: Human Systems Integration.

Greg F

Mr. Greg F has been an all-source analyst for one of the Department of Defense’s Service Intelligence Production Centers and the Defense Intelligence Agency for 15 years. While there, he supported the Joint Intelligence Task Force-Combating Terrorism. He also served as an all-source analyst in the US Navy active and reserves for 10 years. He holds a Master’s degree in International Relations. Courses taught: Creative and Critical Thinking; Structured Analytic Techniques.

Dr. Terry O

Dr. Terry O has 11 years’ experience as a university staff scientist. She was the CBRN Defense Certificate Program Director, US Army NBC Team. Her faculty position research area is “terrorism and leadership.” Her dissertation work was on high stakes decision making for crisis leaders. She holds a Master’s degree in Education. Courses taught: Introduction to Terrorism, Introduction to Power Platform Leader Skills.

Michael P

Mr. Michael P is a counterintelligence expert and senior Department of Homeland Security (DHS) representative to the Greater Cincinnati Fusion Center. He was a commander and federal agent for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations while on active duty. He attended the Naval Post Graduate School earning a Master’s in National Security Affairs in Far East Asia/China. He earned certificates in Thai and Mandarin Chinese from the Defense Language Institute. Courses taught: Introduction to Counterintelligence.

John R

Mr. John R has 18 years’ experience as an intelligence analyst supporting scientific and technical intelligence assessments to support decision making for senior military and government offices. He is the senior analyst at one of the Department of Defense’s Service Intelligence Production Centers where he is the team lead for analysis of a geographical region’s foreign military capabilities. He has expertise on foreign air exercises and tactics, as well as foreign air campaign analysis. Courses taught: Intelligence Analysis of Military Operations, Introduction to Aircraft Analysis.