Who Is the Program For?

Federal, state and local police agencies all have counterterrorism responsibilities and are responsible for gathering intelligence that can be used to secure public safety. Members of these agencies who wish to enter the highly specialized field of counterterrorism intelligence can benefit from the perspectives and principles covered in this certificate program.

Many military veterans, including the Coast Guard, are leaving service with exposure to counterterrorism operations to seek employment in police and civilian positions. The Counterterrorism Intelligence certificate serves to prepare service members for careers in both the public and private sectors after they leave military service.

Emergency management practitioners at every level also have an interest in understanding intelligence as a tool to secure public safety as they interact with law enforcement and military organizations. Emergency managers, for example, interact with military, police and private security personnel during the course of their duties when the emergency they are tasked to manage is determined to be human caused. Emergency managers are also tasked with developing prevention strategies within their jurisdictions, and part of any prevention strategy are guidelines about coordination with counter-terror specialists.

Proprietary private security organizations, security specialists and contract security firms all have similar concerns and responsibilities as they relate to the protection of both human and physical resources that are threatened by terrorist activity. Most nuclear power generating facilities, for example, utilize both proprietary and contract security organizations to secure their physical and information assets from manmade threats.

Finally, non-security managers in both public and private sector organizations are responsible to interact with counterterrorism specialists when threats that can affect their day-to-day operations are anticipated. Managers cannot entrust all the relevant decision-making to others. They must have the ability to understand the nature of the forces threatening their organization as well as the scope of the proposed counterterrorism operations designed to neutralize those threats. By and large, they are responsible for ensuring that their actions complement and support the counterterrorism programs that may be an essential part of their organization's disaster-recovery plan.