Components of intelligence
Describe the use of intelligence collection (e.g. SIGINT, HUMINT), as welll as structured methods of analyzing the collected data. These are critical thinking methods. Be able to write intelligence reports (dissemination) at an introductory level. To a large extent, this is competence in all areas traditionally called the intelligence cycle.
The intelligence community
Understand the intelligence community in the US, with special emphasis on deficiencies and the need to improve it in accordance with 9/11 commission recommendations. Understand the need for intelligence in a time of continuing symmetric and assymetric threats. Be able to list the qualities required in an intelligence officer. Describe the ethics of an intelligence officer.
Demonstrate the need for all-source Intelligence as well as how to gather it, analyze it, and disseminate it. Students will be able to write reports (of entry level quality) from deep-search all-source intellligence.
Be able to discuss the major national security threats of the US as well as the actors of those threats. This will be done both topically (e.g. WMD) as well as by discussing current events (e.g. IS in Iraq). Students will also be able to analyze threats to national security as well as compose threat assessments of professional quality (given limited open-source data).