Strategic Intelligence and Analysis - CPS (SIA)

SIA 6000. Psychology of Intelligence Analysis. 4 Hours.

Offers an interdisciplinary viewpoint and approach to both security and intelligence analysis through the use of case studies as well as current research in psychology. Focuses on four sections: our mental machinery, involving cognition perception and memory; tools for thinking, which encompasses strategies for analytical judgment, the need for more information, keeping an open mind, structuring analytical problems, and analysis of competing hypotheses; cognitive biases, including biases in evaluation of evidence, perception of cause and effect, estimating probabilities, and evaluation of intelligence reporting; and improving intelligence analysis for homeland security and military applications.

SIA 6010. Intelligence Operations Management. 4 Hours.

Examines intensively case studies of intelligence operations engaged in by the United States and other countries. Uses several recent case studies, such as Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Examines analysis and conceptual design of the operation, the strategic basis of the policy, as well as the operational- and tactical-level experiences. Offers students an opportunity to learn how intelligence fits in the strategic, operational, and tactical levels of OIF and the challenges in bringing the nation’s intelligence assets together in a coherent and effective manner.

SIA 6020. Globalization and Intelligence Issues. 4 Hours.

Highlights the key themes that are currently developing within international intelligence liaison relationships. Explores the trend towards homogenization of intelligence and other law enforcement and security initiatives. Offers students an opportunity to discuss international standardization among a widening group of partners and how these processes may establish viable frameworks and operational parameters for the intelligence liaison arrangements, together with addressing counterintelligence and other security considerations. In short, a best-practice approach is defined and explored as becoming normalized operationally, facilitating the optimization of intelligence liaison arrangements.

SIA 6030. Intelligence Analysis and Policy Relationship. 4 Hours.

Describes how relationships are forged and fostered between policymakers and intelligence analysts. Policymakers need support from intelligence to help deal with uncertainty. Thus, policy officials come to respect and rely on analysts and managers who appreciate this aspect of the decision process. Analysts are deemed most useful when they clarify what is known by laying out the evidence and pointing to cause-and-effect patterns; carefully structure assumptions and argumentation about what is unknown and unknowable; and bring expertise to planning and action on important threats and opportunities. The heavily engaged policymaker has little use for intelligence products that emphasize prediction over explanation and opinion over evidence by assessments that trivialize the challenge of uncertainty by burying honest debate in compromise language and by ignoring high-impact contingencies.

SIA 6040. Interagency Collaboration. 4 Hours.

Offers an overview of the disparate intelligence agencies in the intelligence community and describes their missions, responsibilities, and how agencies do or do not collaborate in today’s environment. Given the dynamic nature of threats and sources in the 21st century, this course reflects the rapid changes taking place. Requires students to analyze the relative missions and develop policy recommendations for future collaborative efforts in keeping with relevant U.S. and international laws.

SIA 6050. All-Source Intelligence. 4 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity to examine several means of collecting and analyzing multidiscipline information but remain focused on the need and ability to filter all of this data into objective and cohesive all-source products with an unbiased viewpoint. To provide the current and thorough intelligence analysis required today by senior policymakers, military leadership, and corporate America, all-source analysts utilize many types of intelligence: human, imaginary, signals, electronic, telemetry, communications, measurement and signals, and open-source. Professional analysts also use a variety of linking, modeling, and data-manipulation or artificial intelligence software packages.

SIA 6060. Human Intelligence Operations. 4 Hours.

Introduces all aspects of human intelligence (HUMINT), from its basic role as part of the intelligence community to operational considerations as a tool of U.S. national security policy. Studies what HUMINT is, how it is conducted, its challenges, specific analytical and reporting considerations that make it a unique discipline, and some of its great successes. Explores contemporary challenges to conducting HUMINT operations, given technology and the ways different U.S. government intelligence agencies organize and operate their HUMINT capabilities. Offers students an opportunity to develop advanced analytical and writing skills and to obtain a basis for dissertation research and writing. Requires students to research information from other disciplines and integrate it into their current research and applied decision making on HUMINT operations supporting counterterrorism.

SIA 6070. Analysis for Counterterrorism. 4 Hours.

Explores how to create a unified, integrated, and multidisciplinary counterterrorism analysis program that makes the best use of all available resources. The task of counterterrorism is one that is particularly analysis intensive. It requires its practitioners to employ a melded set of analytical tools and interoperable capabilities. This objective can be complicated by the fact that many counterterrorism operations might involve several entities, including both the intelligence community and unclassified counterterrorism efforts.

SIA 6080. Culture and Psychology. 4 Hours.

Examines the essential value of cultural knowledge in applying psychological theory. By understanding the varying thought processes and cultural values of some of the key cultures and geographic regions in which the intelligence community finds itself operating, analysts and policymakers can have a richer and more nuanced approach and viewpoint associated with the products produced on and about those areas and individuals from those areas of interest. Emphasizes nuanced differences in and among the Middle East countries and tribal areas as well as cultural differences among Far Eastern countries and cultures.

SIA 6090. Intelligence Collection. 4 Hours.

Explores the many ways in which intelligence information is collected. Topics include the value of open-source information as well as nonclassified means of collection, which enhance the knowledge base and resources available for analysts. Examines nontraditional approaches of accessing and utilizing public records and documents to satisfy client needs.

SIA 6100. Leadership for Intelligence Professionals. 4 Hours.

Studies the core leadership and management qualities and approaches necessary to engage intelligence users; to develop, manage, and apply the right mix of people, process, and technology; and to measure the value and impact to the intelligence effort. For intelligence to be valuable to policymakers and business executives, it must incorporate a multidisciplinary approach that delivers unique insights. This requires leadership skills to manage the development and implementation of the intelligence process.

SIA 6110. Law and Psychology. 4 Hours.

Offers students an opportunity to trace the effects of psychological factors through the course of a trial, including such issues as accuracy of eyewitness identification, plea bargaining, jury selection, persuasion tactics in the courtroom, presumption of innocence, jury size, jury decision rules, and sentencing and punishment. Evaluates the role that psychology currently plays in the development of laws and their application. Offers students an opportunity to explore future roles for psychologists in the establishment and function of laws in an ever-changing legal and digital environment.

SIA 6120. Imagery Analysis. 4 Hours.

Studies modern approaches to image acquisition, enhancement, and analysis. Uses the algorithms involved in processing remotely sensed images, including spectral and spatial enhancement, image classification and clustering, spatial analysis, and linear transformations to extract unique information. Utilizes a variety of data types from high to low spatial and spectral information, synthetic aperture radar, and elevation data. Offers students an opportunity to perform independent exercises in order to apply some of the techniques they study to their own area of expertise.

SIA 6130. Writing for Imagery Analysis. 4 Hours.

Introduces the analytic writing process utilizing geospatial data. Covers standard concepts of defining the problem, generating the hypothesis, data gathering, evaluating data sources, methods, and outputs. Emphasizes spatial data collection and the utility of different sensor types (including thermal, hyperspectral, light detection and ranging, and microwave systems) and how to select data; data accuracy and uncertainty, intelligence, and counterintelligence; and geospatial output options from data visualization of cartographic principles to app development and interactive maps.

SIA 6983. Topics in Strategic Intelligence and Analysis. 1-4 Hours.

Introduces selected and substantive issues in homeland security. Topics vary from one offering of the course to the next. .

SIA 7990. Thesis. 1-4 Hours.

Offers thesis supervision by members of the department.