Intelligence Policy and National Security (Credits: 3): The course examines the principal roles of intelligence in national policy formulation, in the provision of strategic and tactical warning, in providing support for military operations, and in covert action. Emphasis is placed on the problems inherent in conducting intelligence in a democracy and on the considerations associated with providing high quality intelligence analysis.
Critical Thinking for Analysts (Credits: 3): This is a course in critical thinking and analytic methodologies. The ability to think critically, analyze effectively, and solve difficult problems are crucial skills in the intelligence arena. Additionally, rapid changes in technology, information sourcing, and information availability, coupled with fundamental changes in the Intelligence Community and its customers’ expectations have had a significant impact on the intelligence process and the way in which analysis is conducted and disseminated.
Problems of Global Security (Credits: 3): This course examines the changing international security environment and the challenges it poses for US policymakers, the Intelligence Community and military commanders. The course is designed to encourage critical and creative thinking on problems of global security and the role of intelligence in addressing them. The course has three segments: 1) the theoretical and historical context of current global security issues; 2) specific global security problems; and 3) student presentations on policy options and prospects.
Intelligence and Policy: Executive, Congressional and Public Dimensions (Credits: 3): This course will provide the student with an understanding of the relationships between intelligence and the policy making process. The course will focus on the American context, with unique executive branch, congressional, and public expectations for intelligence. It will compare the American context with that of other countries, especially other industrial democracies.
- PLCY 699R - Critical Thinking for Analysts, Tuesday evenings, 6PM - 9PM, May 30, 2017 - August 22, 2017. Location - Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Classroom: TBD
- PLCY 698C - Intelligence Policy and National Security. Tuesday evenings, 6PM - 9PM, September 12, 2017 - December 12, 2017. Location - Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Classroom: TBD. (Please note: Parts of this course will be offered asynchronously on-line).
- PLCY 789G - Moral Foundations of Intelligence. TBD.
- PLCY 724 - Problems of Global Security. TBD.
All Graduate Certificate in Intelligence Analysis program courses are offered using a hybrid model. Several meetings will be offered asynchronously – with students viewing lectures, books, webpages, videos, and completing assignments independently.