This course provides a rich and interesting opportunity to explore the key concepts and intellectual foundations which inform intelligence analysis activity. Students will develop awareness of, and gain experience in, using common tools and methodologies to conduct analysis assignments, as well as learn how to fashion one’s insights and ideas in a way that communicates effectively to clients and other intelligence consumers. A variety of learning activities, practical assignments, and quizzes are used to reinforce key concepts.
The first level of this course represents an introduction to the basics of intelligence analysis – explaining core concepts and underlying processes, and providing practical instruction on improved ways of thinking, basic analytic techniques, and effective communication of analytic findings to clients and consumers.
Level 2 lessons represent an expansive and more in-depth exploration of the issues introduced in Level 1. Students are provided opportunities to think about the various functional and organizational contexts in which intelligence analysis might be productively used, consider lessons derived from intelligence failures, develop hands-on familiarity with a variety of advanced analytic techniques, and to refine their report writing skills.