LAW 850 Case Studies in Intelligence Regulation and Reform

By means of case studies, this course applies legal and ethical principles of accountability and integrity to the operational and political realities of intelligence collection and production, and assesses contemporary proposals for intelligence reform. Through individual research projects, students will derive principles and criteria for evaluating and implementing intelligence reform policies, and apply them to the dynamic environment of security threats and challenges.

This course is offered in the following degree programs:

The course learning outcomes that you will demonstrate upon completion of this course are as follows:

Conduct research into and analyze the major legal, political, organizational, and policy factors that influence efforts to enhance, reform, oversee, and manage U.S. strategic intelligence.

Evaluate the effectiveness and unintended consequences of U.S. intelligence policy reforms that have been implemented since 9/11.

Critique contemporary proposals to reform the U.S. Intelligence Community.

Evaluate how the Intelligence Community carries out its mission while at the same time protecting the privacy and civil liberties of U.S. persons.

Develop the skills necessary to develop and communicate a proposal to change an ongoing intelligence activity or function.

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