Students will study legal and ethical guidelines unique to the law enforcement and intelligence professions, and the essential nature of trust, self-discipline, and integrity in conduct. In addition, students will learn and practice structured analytic techniques and methods, study intelligence community directives which define the standards required in published intelligence products.
Students will read and discuss relevant intelligence case studies, participate in large and small group projects. Students will practice analytic writing throughout the course, selecting an intelligence topic which they will research, analyze, and present their finished intelligence via written and oral communication methods. During Week 10, students will work together as a team to present a combined analytic presentation on an assigned country/region of interest to national security. In the remaining 5 weeks of the program, students may choose one of three experiential learning tracks in Law Enforcement, Technical Analysis, or Cyber Security.
As part of the program, students are submitted for a Single-Scope Background Investigation. This 10-year background investigation is an examination of certain variables of an individual’s life to make a determination if the person is an acceptable security risk. The following areas are evaluated on a “whole person” basis: allegiance to the United States; foreign influence; foreign preferences; sexual behavior; personal conduct; financial considerations; alcohol consumption; drug involvement and substance misuse; psychological conditions; criminal conduct; handling protected information; outside activities; and use of information technology.