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.
Counterintelligence and National Security: 21st Century Challenges: The course examines the role of counter intelligence (CI) in the overall intelligence process, as well as in the broader national security process. It will review the development and use of CI through the 20th century. Course will equally look at the role and meaning of CI in the information and security environments emerging in the 21st century.
Moral Foundations of Intelligence:This course explores ethical principles nourishing the legal norms and practices of the craft of intelligence. Students will learn about (a) the constitutional, international and legal frameworks of the craft of intelligence. (b) theunderlying ethical principles of those frameworks; and (c) the indispensable guiding role of human dignity and compassion in the craft of intelligence.
- PLCY 798F – Moral Foundations of Intelligence, Tuesday evenings, 6PM-9PM, June 4, 2019-July 18, 2019. Location: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Classroom C4.
- PLCY 699R - Critical Thinking for Analysts, Tuesday evenings, 6PM - 9PM, September 3, 2019-December 17, 2019. Location: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Classroom C4.
- PLCY 724 – Problems of Global Security, Tuesday evenings, 6PM-9PM, February 4, 2020-May 12, 2020. Location: TBD.
- PLCY689N – Issues in Counterintelligence, Tuesday evenings, 6PM-9PM, June 2, 2020-August 11, 2019. Location: 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.