This course provides instruction in the acquisition of accurate, relevant, and timely information. This course will equip the student to find, categorize, evaluate, and synthesize the kinds of information germane to strategic security, and to test information sources’ reliability, credibility, and validity. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to use and manage standard open information sources, and implement sound strategies for dealing with information needs created by dynamic and rapidly evolving security situations.
Distinguish among the fundamental research domains of knowledge (critical thinking, open-minded inquiry, conceptual thinking, and inferences vs. assumptions) and how they apply to the field of strategic security.
Assess Richards Heuer’s concept of competing hypotheses.
Compare strategies and pitfalls for evaluating the reliability, credibility, and validity of information.
Organize research topics in a way that identifies the problem to be addressed, the audience for whom the study is being prepared, and in a way that makes a complex project manageable.
Distinguish between induction and deduction and evaluate which is preferred for addressing different types of problem sets.
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