Course Summary
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16 weeks (35 hours)
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Graduate 3 Intelligence Analysis, Homeland Security, or Security Studies


The course objective is to introduce the student to those threats, both foreign and domestic, from a strategic perspective, to include foreign intelligence services as well as non-governmental entities such as international crime and global terrorist networks.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Summarize, compare, and contrast the enduring and emerging threats to the United States and the implications for the DoD security mission
  • Analyze the intelligence services of, at least three Nation-State adversarial countries that pose a threat to U.S. Security
  • Compare the relationship of U.S. Intelligence communities, with at least four other friendly intelligence services
  • Analyze the threats to national security posed from domestic bad actors
  • Compare espionage cases investigated by at least three of the seven U.S. Intelligence Agencies, directed at the United States
  • Analyze the challenges to security professionals from the proliferation of chemical and biological weapons of mass destruction
  • Develop at least four of the five components of the intelligence cycle to request threat assessments
  • Analyze the threats to national security posed from external non-state, foreign actors, including international terrorist
  • Analyze the non-state actors including the international organized crime
  • Analyze the challenges to security professionals from the proliferation of nuclear weapons of mass destruction
  • Analyze the challenges to security professionals from the proliferation of modern conventional weaponry and advanced technologies
  • Analyze the threats to national security posed from the hostile use of information technologies: cyber-attack and cyber espionage
  • Evaluate the threats on at least five vulnerable technical and natural resources of the U.S. National infrastructure
  • Organize non-defense members of the intelligence community into security partners
  • Outline causes for U.S. Intelligence Community failures by citing at least one example
  • Outline at least 12 of the 15 important elements of threats to U.S. security

General Course Topics:

  • An introduction to adversaries and threats to the U.S. and Department of Defense (DoD)
  • Intelligence support to security decision making
  • Overview of state adversaries
  • Adversary intelligence enterprises
  • Overview of 'friendly' state competitors
  • Deep dives on France, Israel, and Taiwan
  • Overview of non-state adversaries
  • Global Jihadists, IRA, and others
  • International organized crime
  • Drugs and human trafficking
  • Overview of domestic adversaries
  • Gangs, violent, and extremists (anarchists, environmental, political)
  • Lone wolves
  • Espionage - the insider threat: Pollard
  • Countering adversary intelligence
  • The threat from weapons of mass destruction proliferation
  • Loose nukes and dirty bombs
  • Focus on Iran, Pakistan, and North Korea
  • The threat from chemical and biological weapons
  • 2001 anthrax, Aum Shinrikyo cases
  • Ebola and small pox
  • The threat from conventional and advanced technology
  • The threat from cyber
  • Russia and PRC
  • Anonymous/WikiLeaks
  • Estonia and Georgia cases
  • The threat to infrastructure
  • Water, energy, line of communication, and food
  • Cyber-attack on supervisory control and data acquisition systems
  • Sabotage
  • Mother nature (Katrina, Japan quakes, and tsunami)
  • The intelligence community as security partners
  • Defense intelligence components
  • Capabilities, limitations, and processes
  • Office of the Director of National Intelligence and national components
  • Covert action
  • Security partnerships in action
  • Intelligence cycle
  • Requirements and priorities
  • Support of state and local authorities
  • Fusion centers and joint terrorism task forces
  • Learning from failures
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Discussion
  • Lectures

Methods of Assessment:

  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)
  • Quizzes
  • Written Papers

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials