Category: Course Information

Course Descriptions

Core Courses

Courses that are included in the Intelligence Community & Law Enforcement Intelligence (ICL) sections and Analytic Skill Set Development (ANL) sections are considered your core courses and will be offered every semester.

ICL 100: History and Overview of the Intelligence Community and Law Enforcement Intelligence: This course provides an introduction to the US Intelligence Community and the Law Enforcement Intelligence Community, including their history, goals/missions, current organization, oversight, and budget process. Students will learn the definition of intelligence and what intelligence can and cannot do for its consumers. Discussions will include intelligence successes and failures and their impact on the current configuration and operations of the intelligence community and law enforcement intelligence organizations. There is a writing and briefing component to this course. (16 clock hours)

ICL 101: Counterintelligence, Espionage, Deception, and Information Sharing: This course familiarizes students with the mission functions of counterintelligence operations and analysis. Students will learn about the strategic environment for Counterintelligence operations and how to identify foreign intelligence threats. Discussion will include what drives people to commit espionage or leak classified information and what the impact are on how the intelligence community operates. Students will also learn how adversaries use deception techniques and what the impact of espionage and deception are on the current IC goals for information sharing. There is a writing and briefing component to this course. (16 clock hours)

ICL 102: Oversight, Ethical, and Legal Issues in the Intelligence and Law Enforcement Communities: This course discusses oversight issues for the Intelligence Community. Discussions will then center on the numerous ethical issues that face both the IC and Law Enforcement Intelligence Communities. Students will also learn the legal issues and requirements for Law Enforcement intelligence analysts. (16 clock hours)

ICL 103: Introduction to the Intelligence Cycle: This course provides an overview of the steps of the intelligence cycles for both the Intelligence Community and Law Enforcement Intelligence. Students will learn how each intelligence community conducts planning for their intelligence analysis environments, identifies requirements, and prioritizes these requirements. This course will also explain the five intelligence collection disciplines. Students will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each collection discipline and the role of the intelligence analyst in the collection process. Students will learn about each of the analytic disciplines and the types of intelligence questions they may be asked, as well as the various types of intelligence products. There is a lab portion to this course. Finally, this course explains how an intelligence analyst decides how and when to disseminate their intelligence products, how to internally evaluate their analysis & production, and how to seek feedback from the consumers of their intelligence. (16 clock hours)

ANL 100: Writing and Briefing for Intelligence Analysis: This course is designed to teach students how to get their analysis out to the consumers, either via written or oral means. Students will be taught the analytic tradecraft standards used by the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and Law Enforcement Intelligence. Both sections of the course—writing and briefing—cover the basics of gearing your product to a particular audience, organizing your information, using BLUFs, supporting your analysis with evidence, etc. The briefing portion of the course also covers issues including how to handle questions and dealing with anxiety. This course will include lab portions where analysts will be asked to demonstrate their writing and briefing skills. (40 clock hours)

ANL 101: Critical Thinking Skills: This section of the course will teach students how to apply analytic rigor to their thinking/assessments and how to avoid key pitfalls natural to the human way of thinking—cognitive biases, mental traps, memory shortfalls. Students will also continue to learn how to organize and support their analysis for the consumer. There is a lab portion of this course in which students will learn to apply critical thinking skills to a number of case studies. (24 clock hours)

ANL 102: Structured Analytic Techniques: This course will teach students the structured analytic techniques most often used in the Intelligence Community and Law Enforcement Intelligence organizations. Many of these techniques can also be used in the private sector, in areas including business intelligence and medical analysis. This course includes significant lab time where students will use these tools in their analysis and in which students will use SATs to solve various case studies. (32 clock hours)

ANL 103: Collaboration, Outreach, Networking, and Release: This course is designed to teach students about the current way of conducting business in the Intelligence Community and Law Enforcement Intelligence. Students will learn how to collaborate with their colleagues—including how to work out analytic disagreements and provide feedback on analytic products—reach out to other experts in the field without compromising their intelligence information, network as a professional in today’s IC or LEI, and release and share information to key partners. There is a lab component to this course.  (8 clock hours)

ANL 104: Application/Software Skills: This course is designed to provide students with the practical knowledge of and experience using popular application and software tools that are designed to help today’s Intelligence Community and Law Enforcement Intelligence analysts. (6 clock hours)

 

Functional Specialty Courses

Courses included in the Functional Specialty (FUNC) section are taught primarily by our adjunct professors who are practitioners in their fields. These courses are more like electives in your typical college setting. We will offer most of the courses most of the time we have IACT, but they are dependent on the availability of our adjunct professors. In addition, we may adjust our elective functional courses based on the backgrounds and interest areas of that semester’s students.

FUNC 100: Introduction to Surveillance and Detection: Students will learn roles and responsibilities of being on a surveillance team, the fundamentals of personal and supported surveillance detection tradecraft. Students will use role playing exercises to practice methods and gain awareness of what to recognize and be aware of in their general surroundings as an intelligence professional. To apply the skills learned in the classroom, students will work in teams to plan and execute a field exercise in a public setting. For safety reasons, students must follow strict coordination procedures as directed by the instructor. (16 clock hours)

FUNC 101: Introduction to Space and Missile Analysis: This course provides a short history of space and missiles developments, what physics concepts apply, an overview of ballistic missiles capabilities, and what policies, international treaties, and other rules apply to space. (8 clock hours)

FUNC 102: Introduction to Air Force Analysis: This course provides students with the ability to analyze foreign aircraft capabilities—based on intent and capabilities—in order to compare and contrast with US aircraft capabilities. There is a lab portion to this course in which students will be given a hypothetical air force to analyze and brief the class on their findings. (8 clock hours)

FUNC 103: Integrated Air Defense Systems Analysis: This course provides students with an understanding of the origins of Integrated Air Defense Systems (IADS) and how these systems work to defend critical air space. There is a lab portion to this course in which students will break into small groups to “design” an air defense system capable of protecting a certain geographical area and brief the class on their findings. (8 clock hours)

FUNC 104: Introduction to Transnational Organized Crime: Combining expertise and insights from the military and FBI perspective, students will understand the concepts and discuss the national security implications of Narco-terrorism, narcotics trafficking, human trafficking, and weapons trafficking. Students will discuss and debate the challenges of defending national security utilizing domestic intelligence. Students will compare and contrast the challenge of the legal authorities in the United States which protect US citizens, and the challenge to protect national security. (8 clock hours)

FUNC 105: Introduction to Terrorism Analysis: This course explains the definitions of terrorism and differentiates between terrorism and other forms of violence. A brief history of terrorism is provided along with an explanation of the different motivations for terrorist violence. This course surveys a wide range of existing terrorist groups, examines certain high-profile themes (i.e., state-sponsored terrorism, suicide terrorism, and CBRN terrorism), and assesses the nature of the threat terrorists pose to US national security as well as the current status of our efforts to disrupt and disable terrorist groups. (8 clock hours)

FUNC 106: Introduction to GEOINT and GIS Analysis: This course teaches the range of functionality available in the ArcGIS Desktop software and the essential tools for visualizing, creating, managing, and analyzing geographic data, in order to create final products ready for dissemination applied to real world situations. This course uses hands-on exercises to emphasize practice to perform common GIS tasks and workflows. (32 clock hours)

FUNC 107: Introduction to Wide Area Surveillance: This course instructs students on how WAAS technology works and its various applications, particularly in law enforcement. WAAS can be used for border security, officer support, major event security, emergency response, and environmental management. WAAS gives officers and analysts a bird’s eye view of a target location and the ability to track suspects involved in major crime forward and backward in time to recognize patterns and analyze criminal networks. The course includes several real-world examples of how to use WAAS to support law enforcement investigations and intelligence operations. (24 clock hours)

FUNC 108: Introduction to Law Enforcement Intelligence: This course will discuss analytic techniques and structured analytic tools relevant to the Law Enforcement Intelligence Community. Topics may include crime-pattern analysis, association/network analysis, telephone record analysis/communication analysis, flow analysis, spatial/geographic analysis, financial analysis, and strategic law enforcement analysis. (4 clock hours)

FUNC 109: Introduction to Big Data and the Dark Web: This course presents an overview of big data software platforms to integrate, visualize and analyze data of all kinds for the intelligence, defense and law enforcement communities. This course provides an opportunity for hands on exercises to import and model data, perform search and discovery exercises against this data and employ techniques to define and test hypotheses within a multi-dimensional environment. (8 clock hours)

FUNC 110: Introduction to Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD): Radiological & Nuclear Weapons/Chemical & Biological Weapons: This course provides an overview of the historical use of chemical warfare agents (CWAs) by both state and non-state actors, the different types of CWAs, their effects, the equipment, infrastructure, procedures, and resources required to produce and effectively dissemination CW agents. Students will also gain a basic understanding on a variety of topics ranging from basic physics of nuclear radiation, uses of nuclear materials, nuclear power plants, the nuclear fuel cycle for power plants, organizations, regulating nuclear energy, basic descriptions of radiological and nuclear weapons, various delivery systems, and the effects of radiological and nuclear weapons. (16 clock hours)

FUNC 111: Human Systems Integration: Students will learn concepts associated with Human Systems Integration (HSI), which is a systems-engineering process that ensures that all human-related technical concerns are properly addressed during system planning, design, development, and testing. Students will complete numerous exercises to apply concepts taught during instruction. (8 clock hours)

FUNC 112: Order of Battle Analysis & Lab: This course introduces the term OB and explains what it means, the elements that constitute an OB, and the origins of the OB concept. Students will gain a fundamental understanding of the utility of analyzing an adversary from an OB perspective and how this approach differs from a simple disposition of forces approach. The US OB will be used to highlight various OB components and as an example to demonstrate the entire OB concept. Top level treatment of foreign OB will be presented to show the similarities and differences between the types and complexities of countries’ OB. There is a lab component to this course that applies the lessons learned in the OB lecture. Students present the capabilities of assigned countries in hypothetical match-ups between potential adversaries, analyze their OB, and assess likely outcomes. (20 clock hours)

FUNC 113: Introduction to the Cyber Threat: This course presents an overview of the basics of cyber security and threat awareness pertaining to networks, companies, and government organizations. Perpetrators include: organized crime, individuals, and both state and non-state actors seeking to disrupt systems and profit financially. (8 clock hours)

FUNC 114: Intelligence Analysis of Military Operations: Students will learn how intelligence analysts examine the attributes of a foreign military to determine its intentions and capabilities. Topics include a discussion of military leadership; strategy, tactics, and operational art; military services; joint warfare; irregular warfare; and future warfare.  (8 clock hours)

CAP 100: Capstone Portfolio Project: While there will be several assignments throughout the course, this is your major project and where you customize the course to suit your analytic interests. Students will choose a geographic/functional area of interest (for IC analysts) or jurisdiction/functional area of interest (for LEI analysts) to research and follow throughout the course. Students will be assigned exercises to demonstrate their knowledge of each stage of the intelligence process, plus the analytic skills, using their area/issue of interest. Students will turn in portions of this assignment throughout the course, but also a final project at the end of the program. (40 clock hours)

SEC 100: Security Briefings: Students will learn about best security practices for the Intelligence Community, proper OPSEC, and classification guidelines. (4 clock hours)

PRO 100: Professional Development Sessions: Students will learn about resume writing and interviewing techniques and will be asked to develop a professional resume based on a particular job description/vacancy announcement.  Students will learn about common interview questions and be given the opportunity to practice their interview skills during mock interview sessions. (16 clock hours)

LEAD 100: Power Platform and Strengths Finder: Students will learn about two leadership and personality profiles, Power Platform and Clifton Strengths, both through presentation and taking the personality/leadership tests themselves. Students will then learn what these results mean for their likely work and leadership styles, including working in teams. (6 clock hours)

Sequence of Courses and Example Chart

Courses in the Intelligence Community & Law Enforcement Intelligence (ICL) sections and Analytic Skill Set Development (ANL) sections—your core courses—will be offered for every IACT session and will generally occur in the same sequence in which they are listed. For instance, students will receive the Intelligence Community & Law Enforcement Intelligence sections in this order: ICL 100, ICL 101, ICL 102, and ICL 103. Students will receive the Analytic Skill Set Development (ANL) sections in this order: ANL 100, ANL 101, ANL 102, ANL 103, and ANL 104. Courses in the Functional Specialty (FUNC) section—our elective sections taught by our adjunct instructors—will be interspersed between our core courses to add variety and can occur in any order (i.e., none of these courses are prerequisites for each other). The CAP 100, while listed as a separate course to allow for a course description and total clock hours allowed in class, will actually occur throughout the 10-week course since it is a building block assignment based on many of the core courses in the program. The final Capstone Portfolio will be due at the end of the program.

 

Course: Theory: Lab: Total Hours:
ICL 100: History and Overview of the Intelligence Community and Law Enforcement Intelligence 8 8 16
ICL 101: Counterintelligence, Espionage, Deception, and Information Sharing 10 6 16
ICL 102: Budget, Oversight, Ethical, and Legal Issues in the Intelligence and Law Enforcement Communities 12 4 16
ICL 103: Introduction to the Intelligence Cycle 8 8 16
ANL 100: Writing and Briefing for Intelligence Analysis 20 20 40
ANL 101: Critical Thinking Skills 14 10 24
ANL 102: Structured Analytic Techniques 20 12 32
ANL 103: Collaboration, Outreach, Networking, and Release 4 4 8
ANL 104: Application/Software Skills 1 5 6
FUNC 100: Introduction to Surveillance and Detection 8 8 16
FUNC 101: Introduction to Space and Missile Analysis 6 2 8
FUNC 102: Introduction to Air Force Analysis 6 2 8
FUNC 103: Integrated Air Defense Systems Analysis 6 2 8
FUNC 104: Introduction to Transnational Organized Crime 8 0 8
FUNC 105: Introduction to Terrorism Analysis 8 0 8
FUNC 106: Introduction to GEOINT and GIS Analysis 16 16 32
FUNC 107: Introduction to Wide Area Surveillance 8 16 24
FUNC 108: Introduction to Law Enforcement Intelligence 4 0 4
FUNC 109: Introduction to Big Data and the Dark Web 8 0 8
FUNC 110: Introduction to WMD: Radiological & Nuclear Weapons/Chemical & Biological Weapons 8 8 16
FUNC 111: Human Systems Integration 6 2 8
FUNC 112: Order of Battle Analysis & Lab 10 10 20
FUNC 113: Introduction to the Cyber Threat 8 0 8
FUNC 114: Intelligence Analysis of Military Operations 6 2 8
CAP 100: Capstone Portfolio Project 0 40 40
SEC 100: Security Briefings 4 0 4
PRO 100: Professional Development Sessions 8 8 16
LEAD 100: Power Platform 2 4 6
Total: 10 weeks classroom training: 223 177 400