The online Counterterrorism Intelligence certificate is designed for police, government and private security practitioners who are engaged in securing our communities and private sector organizations from terrorist threats.
The six-course non-credit program focuses on the nature of terrorism, the fundamentals of the terrorist threat, and the intelligence process that includes the planning, collection, analysis, retention, dissemination and re-evaluation of relevant information. The program also introduces students to policy considerations including the legal constraints on intelligence operations in a free society with a specific focus on the Patriot Act and the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Throughout the six courses, students are presented with analytical tools that serve to foster critical thinking and good decision-making for intelligence and security practitioners. By the end of the program students come to understand what role(s) they can play in counter-terrorism intelligence along with what strategies can be employed to increase our ability to counter threats in the modern world.
Overall, the Counterterrorism Intelligence certificate seeks to familiarize students with the basic tenets of the intelligence process as it pertains to the terrorist threat, encompassing both domestic counter-terrorism operations and international perspectives. The international perspective, of course, provides students with a valuable perspective of the terrorist mentality and an understanding of how to identify threats from abroad that may target US interests. Contrary to public belief, however, domestic terrorism accounts for approximately 95% of all terrorism incidents in the United States (FBI Terrorism 2002-2005). For this reason, the program tends to zero in on domestic operations.
Lastly, the program provides students with a basic understanding of the discipline such that they can effectively communicate and collaborate with advanced counterterrorism professionals in such fields as cyber-security, technology, law, criminal justice and foreign affairs. The perspectives gained in this program should also benefit managers who have collateral security responsibilities that require a degree of familiarization and competence in the field of counterterrorism intelligence. Please note that the program is not designed to provide an advanced level of operational proficiency in counter-terrorism. However, students who successfully complete the program are well-prepared for such advanced training in either an academic or practical environment.
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