A 4-course sequence in the area of Intelligence Analysis prepares students to protect national security and national interests abroad by developing skills related to federal and law enforcement strategies. As part of these courses, real-world examples are used to frame the content and application of classes. Practice and application of methods and tools used for intelligence analysis are integrated into courses. (12-16 Hours)
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Designed for those individuals who might be interested in entering the local, state, or federal intelligence community, foundational knowledge of analytic concepts, partners involved, and their respective functions is explored. Examination of multiple federal agencies, including the Central Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Drug Enforcement Administration, Department of Homeland Security, National Security Agency, National Reconnaissance Office, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency, and each military service-specific intelligence organization. Concept of information sharing between the local, state, and federal level intelligence organizations are explored. Overview of Human Intelligence, Signals Intelligence, Geospatial Intelligence, Imagery Intelligence, Measurements and Signatures Intelligence, Open Source Intelligence and All-Source Intelligence. Foreign intelligence threats and existing methods that can be employed to counter them are investigated. Key problems faced by the Intelligence Analyst are reviewed.
An in depth examination of the five major intelligence disciplines: Human Intelligence, Signals Intelligence, Geospatial Intelligence, Open Source Intelligence, and Measurements and Signatures Intelligence in addition the concept of combining intelligence into an all-source formatted product. The concepts of Information Security and its offensive counterpart, Computer Network Operations are explored. Using real-life scenarios, students analyze strategies to achieve various end goals. From infiltrating a network of foreign spies, to developing a suspect's placement in a network based off of their call patterns, to assessing the technical capabilities of an adversary nation, students will be immersed in a variety of practical exercises where they will be asked to perform various types of analysis themselves. In addition, students will produce clear, concise, and accurate products for dissemination. Students will explain the general flow of information within an intelligence product and associated components.
"Functions of geospatial toolsets, including setting up the workspace, manipulating imagery and adding various data-files, importing raw data from spreadsheets, reading data as a table, and creating features. Different methods of data manipulation will be examined. Students will create professional products that can be used by analysts of all backgrounds. Students will use raw data for the analysis process.
Social network analysis toolsets will be used to develop skills in integrating analytic disciplines and methods through real world scenarios by reading, creating, and manipulating SNA charts. Data sets will include class-generated content as well as large spreadsheets, where data will be manipulated through filters and conditional formatting, and using basic algorithms to analyze their data and locate patterns and trends. Interpretation of raw data and product generation using tables and charts, students will develop skills in reading, interpreting, and presenting findings.
Spatial database will be queried to solve spatial problems, analyze related attributes, and produce computerized cartographic output. Examines spatial data structures, data acquisition, processing, management, manipulation, and analysis for interdisciplinary applications and research. Permission is required.
Lab correlating with GIS 4043. Intended to be a fundamental lab that provides hands-on experience operating a GIS.