This course teaches all-source intelligence collection methodologies as they relate to satisfying national intelligence requirements. It explores in depth the major sources of finished intelligence and the methods for collecting that information. It examines the need for a collection priorities framework; the concept of an integrated collection strategy; and some of the more sophisticated techniques for collecting, processing and exploiting intelligence information. It discusses the value of synergy in collection and how synergy among collection assets is achieved. Students will learn operational tradecraft employed for each intelligence discipline, as well as how each discipline enables the others.
Using sound research methods, investigate and differentiate among different INTs as to value for addressing specific problems and risks involved in their use.
Assess the potential performance of new collection assets against classes of intelligence problems.
Compare and contrast the products of different collection assets, discussing the strengths and weaknesses of each.
Describe how each intelligence collection discipline is fielded, and the appropriate disciplines to use against specific targets.
Create performance criteria for collection assets that conform to issues of policy, reform and ethics.
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