Fundamentals of Intelligence
In this course, students are introduced to the art and science of intelligence operations as an important tactic in the fight against terrorism. In the process, students review the major components of intelligence: namely, the planning, collection, processing, analysis, dissemination and reevaluation of intelligence information. We also discuss the differences between criminal investigation and intelligence operations, as well as the true purpose of intelligence operations. Our emphasis throughout is on the art and science of intelligence work, which combines creative and critical thinking (the “art” side) with science (new technologies) to produce the kind of best practices employed by professionals in the field.
Fundamentals of Intelligence is a non-credit course, consisting of eight (8) modules listed below:
- Module 1: History of Domestic Intelligence Operations
- Module 2: Definitions and Functions
- Module 3: The Intelligence Process, Part I
- Module 4: The Intelligence Process, Part II
- Module 5: Investigative/Intelligence Approach
- Module 6: Controls
- Module 7: Information Sharing Systems
- Module 8: Course Review
After completing this course, students should be able to:
- Define intelligence as it pertains to counterterrorism operations.
- See the connections between the major components of intelligence: planning, collection, processing, analysis, dissemination, and reevaluation of information.
- Relate the analytical process to the process of intelligence gathering.
- Appreciate the concept of information sharing and review systems designed to support networking and sharing.
- Grasp the mindset of the intelligence officer with full comprehension of the differences between the criminal investigation model and the intelligence operational model.
While rarely getting to witness tangible results in the short term, intelligence officers make a given locality safer, often through sheer persistence. The tried and true methods they use to reduce and/or prevent acts planned by ruthless individuals or groups comprise the essence of this course.
This course is not being offered in the Winter and Spring 2013 semesters.