School Catalog

Our Intelligence Analysis Career Training (IACT) program is an intensive 10-week program designed to provide you with the general knowledge required to navigate the field of intelligence analysis—whether in the Intelligence Community, Homeland Security, Military, or Law Enforcement arena—as well as the practical skills of actually performing intelligence analysis. We utilize a hybrid instructional method that includes lectures, readings/journal entries, practical exercises, and a Capstone project aimed at teaching you critical thinking skills, structured analytic techniques, and writing and briefing in the intelligence style. Our program results in a Certificate in Intelligence Analysis accredited by the Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools (Certificate Number 1978).

HERE’S HOW THE IACT PROGRAM WORKS:

COURSE SECTIONS: The course material falls into four general categories:

(1) OVERVIEW OF THE INTELLIGENCE ANALYSIS FIELD. Every intelligence analyst needs to develop a basic understanding of the Intelligence Community and its Domestic Support Organizations. Course topics within this section include: History and Overview of the Intelligence Community (IC) and Law Enforcement Intelligence (LEI); Counter-Intelligence, Deception Analysis, Information Sharing, and Espionage; Budgeting, Oversight, Ethical, and Legal Issues; and Steps of the Intelligence Cycle.

(2) SKILL SET DEVELOPMENT. These portions of the course will teach you how to do the daily work of an intelligence analyst and give you significant amount of time to actually practice these skills. The skills we will work on include: Writing and Briefing for Intelligence; Analytic and Critical Thinking; Structured Analytic Techniques (SATs); Collaboration, Outreach, Networking, and Release; and Coordination, Review, and Evaluation of Products. In addition to practicing various SATs, briefing a variety of topics, and writing a number of intelligence products, we will utilize case studies to hone our analytic skills.

(3) SPECIALIZED EXPERTISE. These portions of the course are taught by our adjunct faculty who have a variety of backgrounds and specialties in the field of intelligence analysis. You will learn about NASIC-related topics, such as Intelligence Analysis of Military Operations, Air Force Intelligence, Integrated Air Defense Systems, Missile and Space Intelligence, and Order of Battle Analysis and Lab. You will hear from experts in various functional fields, such as Terrorism, Transnational Organized Crime, Cyber and Financial Crimes, and Weapons of Mass Destruction. And you will learn specialized material from the law enforcement field, including wide area surveillance, geospatial intelligence, crime mapping, and link analysis. We will introduce you to software programs and applications that you will use in these various intelligence disciplines.

(4) PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. Throughout the course, we will invite representatives from potential employers to speak about what their companies/organizations do in the intelligence field and what kind of analysts they are looking to hire. We will also talk about professional development and work on applying for jobs, resume writing, and interviewing skills.

(5) OPTIONAL EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING INTERNSHIP. Our course ends with an optional 4-week experiential learning program where you can further develop your law enforcement intelligence skills in partnership with Persistent Surveillance Systems, a company with experts in the field of wide area surveillance, a platform used in law enforcement officer support; event security; emergency response; city planning, traffic pattern analysis, traffic impact studies; pipeline patrol, and much more.

PERSONALIZE YOUR CLASSROOM CONTENT: Our goal is to help you develop the specific skills necessary for your future career in the intelligence field of your choice. As a result, there will be opportunities throughout the course for you to personalize the course material to best suit your needs. For example, there will be a variety of reading and journal assignments that allow you to select the article(s) or analytic rules/guidelines best suited for your intelligence discipline (i.e., political, military, leadership, terrorism, law enforcement, cyber, etc.). Also, when we are working on case studies to practice our analytic skills, you may select from a variety of Intelligence Community or Law Enforcement Intelligence-related topics to work from to best suit your interests.

In addition, you must complete a Capstone Project that will involve you selecting a geographic area or functional topic of interest to you and completing a series of assignments on that topic. We will take you through the full array of steps in the intelligence process for this project, including: identifying intelligence requirements and prioritizing them, developing production and collection plans, writing collection requirements, researching and analyzing data, using structured analytic techniques, and writing/briefing your results in various intelligence formats.